29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is just days into her first term as congresswoman but already sees herself as the ideological head of the Democratic Party. And nobody had better tell her differently.
Actually, lots of people do.
Her latest critic is former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, who ran on a ticket with Al Gore before later declaring himself an independent. Ocasio-Cortez was about 10 or 11 during the 2000 presidential race.
“With all respect, I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is,” Lieberman, 76, told Neil Cavuto of the FOX Business channel. “She’s gotten a lot of attention because she’s different. She’s controversial.”
“But if you look at the majority of new Democrats in the house, they tend to be, I’d say, center-left and are not left-left. And that’s because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans. So that’s the hope,” he continued.
He also addressed Ocasio-Cortez’ plan for general tax hikes and a 70 percent income tax on the highest earners in the U.S. to fund her Green New Deal, which would fundamentally change America and cost tens of trillions of dollars.
“If you accumulate income in the country, the big bump is still in the middle class because there is so many of us,” he added. “So you’ve got to be careful about raising taxes too high … a 70 percent tax on high-income people is really done for political reasons.”
Ocasio-Cortez gave an incredibly juvenile reply to Lieberman, playing off the feigned ignorance slang phrase “New phone, who dis?” And it came across as...incredibly juvenile.
“New party, who dis?” she tweeted in response to the senior statesman.
In other news, the NY Daily News discovered that Ocasio-Cortez was fined by the state of New York for not providing worker’s comp for her campaign employees.
“The employer did not have the required workers’ compensation coverage from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was issued a final penalty of $1,500, which was paid. This coverage is vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries,” state Workers Compensation Board spokeswoman Melissa Stewart explained.
A Democratic campaign veteran pointed out, “This is basic stuff, especially if you hold yourself out to be the champion of workers.”