Former Sen. Joe Lieberman threw another log in the fire in his ongoing feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The former Connecticut Democrat doubled down on his view that the freshman New York congresswoman is “not the future” of the Democratic Party after she mocked his comments on Twitter.
Lieberman, who served for more than two decades in Congress, spoke about Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described Democratic socialist, with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“She just takes us back to the big-spending, big-taxing Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party is not going to succeed that way,” he said Sunday.
Lieberman, who was Democrat Al Gore’s running mate in 2000, sparked a reaction from Ocasio-Cortez when he told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto last week that the 29-year-old was too “different” and “controversial” and not representative of the party which is mostly center-left.
“With all respect,” he said on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” last week. “I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is.”
The New York lawmaker shot back on Twitter, asking “New party, who dis?”
New party, who dis? https://t.co/2cznisv8tB
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2019
On Sunday, Lieberman told Bartiromo the tweet was “kind of silly.”
“Here’s my point,” the 76-year-old continued. “We only have two major political parties in America. They have to be big tents if they’re going to succeed. So, OK, she got elected to Congress – she’s inside the tent now, but I just disagree.”
“The more typical Democrat elected to the House for the first time this year didn’t share her point of view,” he said. “They were center-left.”
Ocasio-Cortez already has members of her own party wondering how to rein her in, as she openly criticized new House rules during her first week in Congress and has suggested she would be supporting primary challengers against Democratic incumbents.
She is apparently wearing out her welcome with voters as well with her recent tweet announcing she was “dropping my first original resolution” and likening it to “a mixtape, but with way more nerdy producers,” earning her plenty of backlash on social media.
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