Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making establishment Democrats uneasy and honestly doesn’t care.
The freshman New York lawmaker has ruffled the feathers of her Democratic colleagues, especially since being sworn into office, cheered on by her more than 2 million Twitter followers. Amid mumbling from some Democrats trying to reign her in, Ocasio Cortez revealed how little she cares what they think.
“For you and some other freshman members of Congress,” Stephen Colbert said on CBS’s “Late Show” on Monday, you’re getting a fair amount of push back, privately and publicly from more established members of even your own party, saying, wait your turn, you know, go slow. Don’t ask for so much, so fast, right now.”
Colbert noted how the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist has lawmakers wanting her to not “make waves” as he posed a question about the criticism.
“Now, I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you’ll understand this question,” he began.
“And the BX,” she interjected, referring to the Bronx.
“On a scale from zero to some, how many f***s do you give?” Colbert asked to audience laughter.
“I think it’s, uh, zero,” Ocasio-Cortez replied, indicating with her hand as the crowd cheered.
“That’s my thought,” Colbert agreed. “So what do you say to the people who say we need party unity and we can’t have you meeting with the people who are occupying Pelosi’s office because that shows a divided front for the Democrats that the opposition party can take advantage of?”
As BizPac Review reported last week: Dems, you’ve been warned:
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The 29-year-old congresswoman, who joins California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in the key House Financial Services Committee, doubled down on her anti-establishment views.
“It’s how we choose to interpret items and how we choose to interpret events and things like activism and advocacy,” she explained. “If you think activism is inherently divisive – I mean, today is Martin Luther King Day. And, people called Martin Luther King divisive in his time. We forget he was wildly unpopular when he was advocating for the Civil Rights Act.”
She pressed that the “moral compass” guiding the political directions of the nation should be based on “social movements,” which would be a surprise to the Founding Fathers, and probably the majority of Americans.
“I think that what we need to really realize is that social movements are the moral compass and should be the moral compass for our politics,” she said.
Colbert also asked the lawmaker about the “Green New Deal” which she has suggested funding by taxing the super wealthy at 70 percent. Ocasio-Cortez defended her position, digging at conservatives and Fox News for warning “they want to take all your money.”
Colbert followed up by asking if it was accurate to say she is both a socialist and wants a 70 percent tax rate.
“Yeah, I guess so!” Ocasio Cortez laughed. “Democratic, though. Very different!”
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