‘This looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, returned fire after departing Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, called her a “shiny object” with “cheap” rhetoric.
Ocasio-Cortez responded Dec. 29 on Twitter, the New York Post reported.
“Not sure why fmr Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a ‘thing’ and ‘shiny object,’ but it’s pretty disappointing,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “McCaskill promised she’d ‘100% back Trump up’ on his anti-immigrant rhetoric & lost. In MO, almost all progressive ballot issues won,”
McCaskill made the comments on CNN Saturday.
“I’m a little confused why she’s the thing,” McCaskill said. “But it’s a good example of what I’m talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.”
McCaskill blames her defeat in Missouri on Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez, who have taken the party to the extreme left and alienated core voting blocks.
“This demand for purity, this looking down your nose at people who want to compromise, is a recipe for disaster for the Democrats,” McCaskill said. “Will we ever get to a majority in the Senate again, much less to 60, if we do not have some moderates in our party?”
Ocasio-Cortez thinks, on the other hand, that the American people want a Democratic party who opposes Trump and advocates radical socialist policies.
“I’m also not sure why McCaskill is covering for the GOP by saying they ‘secretly think Trump is nuts.’ Nobody cares. Trump is melting down our institutions and inciting division between people. At any time GOP could have checked him and choose not to,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “They’re accomplices.”
McCaskill gave Ocasio-Cortez advice about how Democrats can win back middle America.
“But I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on,” McCaskill said.