Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at her moderate colleagues for blaming the progressive wing of the Democratic Party for creating major divisions between legislators.
“For those Democrats who think I’m just a selfish, divisive bomb thrower from a deep blue seat, you might listen to Doug Jones in Alabama when he says the same thing,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to a tweet pointing out that Jones had taken up her remarks about the structural problems of the Democrats in her campaigns.
Jones, a moderate Democrat who has split with his party on issues such as financial regulation, was quoted as saying to Politico that “the DSCC and the DCCC spend too much time investing in candidates and not in the electorate. They do not invest in house districts, they do not invest in states”.
Jones was the only Democratic senator to lose in last week’s election. In his remarks to Politico, he referred to the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congress Campaign Committee.
Last week, the established Democrats voted heavyweight progressives like Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the so-called Squad to cost them important seats with “defund the police” news and policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All.
Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that the Democratic Party is not facing an ideological problem, but a lack of unity among its members.
“Again, none of us are saying that the messages could not harm the GOP. And nobody tells the people in the hard seats to accept the activists’ messages,” she tweeted in response to Jones’ comments to Politico. “We say that the messages hurt to the extent that they did, because our operations and investments are not great and that makes the party vulnerable.
The New York congresswoman, who won her first re-election last week, criticized Democratic legislators who tried to shift the party’s losses to the left, noting that it was the progressive candidates who kept their seats.
“We have also learned that progressive politics does not harm the candidates. Every single candidate who co-sponsored Medicare for All in a swing district kept their seats,” she told the New York Times.
“I think it will be really important how the party deals with this internally and whether the party will be honest when it comes to conducting a real autopsy and actually figuring out why it lost,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Because even before we had any data at all, there was already a hint in many of these races that this was the fault of the progressives and that this was the fault of the Black Life movement.
Democrats like Pennsylvania Congressman Conor Lamb have said that legislators like Ocasio-Cortez “are advocating policies that are unworkable and extremely unpopular.
Lamb told The Times that Ocasio-Cortez “can put their name behind things, and that’s probably brave, but if it’s a bad idea or bad policy, like their tweeting that fracking in the middle of a presidential debate is bad when we’re trying to win Western Pennsylvania – it’s not like a team player.
But Ocasio-Cortez has stressed that putting aside the goals she is working for would mean putting off the colored communities that helped elect Joe Biden as president.
“Biden recognized the role that the colored communities – black communities, Latino communities, the trans-community, etc. – have played in the election of Joe Biden. – played in his victory,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “We also know that the majorities of these communities are progressive.
She added: “If we strengthen the grassroots and celebrate them until the election, we should celebrate them in our government as well.
The Congresswoman said the Democrats must come together to prevent Republican narratives from tearing them apart.
The Democratic National Committee denied Washington Newsday’s request for a comment….