US Congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blew up his Democratic colleague and former US Senator Claire McCaskill on Thursday after McCaskill tried to explain why the party lost some of its voters in the 2020 election and asked why the party would listen to someone who lost his election.
McCaskill served as a US Senator from Missouri from 2007 to 2019. In 2018 she ran for a third term, but narrowly lost to Republican candidate Josh Hawley, who had previously served as state attorney general.
“Why do we listen to people who have lost elections as if they were experts in winning elections?” wrote Ocasio-Cortez, quoting a video of McCaskill’s appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday night.
Why are we listening to people who have lost elections as if they were experts in winning elections?
McCaskill tried their approach. She ran as a caravan hysteria dem& lost, while grassroots organizers won progressive measures in MO. Her language here shows how she took her base for granted. https://t.co/ZnTXI59MW9
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 5, 2020
Host Brian Williams had asked McCaskill, 67, to find out why the Democratic Party had alienated some voters. The former senator noted that the rift “began around cultural issues.
“Whether it’s about guns, or about issues related to the right to abortion in this country, or about things like gay marriage and the right for transsexuals and other people that we as a party have tried to ‘take care of’ and make sure they are treated fairly,” she said, “as we circled these issues, we left some voters behind, and the Republicans rushed in with a vengeance and grabbed those voters.
Although Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden currently holds the lead over President Donald Trump in both popular and electoral votes, it has not been the “blue wave” that many liberal politicians had hoped for. And although some nationwide races are yet to be decided, it seems unlikely that the Democrats will gain a majority in the Senate, which would create ripple effects in the coming years even under a possible Biden administration.
McCaskill also advocated using the word “transsexual” instead of “transgender”, as the former is considered a more specific and outdated term according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
“I am so sorry for using a hurtful term last night. I was tired, but never a good excuse. People misinterpreted what I was trying to say,” McCaskill twittered on Thursday. “Our party should never abandon our struggle for the equality of transsexuals or other people marginalized by hatred. My record reflects that.”
During Wednesday’s interview, McCaskill stressed that the Democrats must return “to the meat and potato issues” and the “issues where we care about the families [of voters]. But Ocasio-Cortez returned to this idea, claiming that the former senator had already tried her approach and it had failed.
“She ran as caravan hysteria Dem & lost, while grassroots organizers won progressive measures in MO,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Her language here shows how she took her base for granted.
The Congresswoman referred to a 2018 interview with Fox News in which McCaskill denounced “crazy Democrats” in the middle of her re-election campaign and said she would support any plans to stop a caravan of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Kansas City Star said.
Asked by Fox News about the caravan making its way through Mexico, McCaskill replied, “Stop them at the border. I think the president must use every means at his disposal, and I will give him 100 percent support”.
McCaskill is currently employed by MSNBC. Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the 14th Congressional District of New York, just defeated Republican John Cummings with 68.8 to 30.6 percent to win re-election.