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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is continuing her war of words with fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin in their public display of party infighting.
In a tweet posted late Tuesday evening, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hit back at Manchin (D-WV) for saying that she was “more active on Twitter than anything else.”
“I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing & grassroots fundraising to ‘she just tweets,’ as though ‘serious’ politics is only done by begging corporate CEOs for money through wax-sealed envelopes delivered by raven,” the progressive firebrand wrote on social media.
Her comment, a clear jab at Manchin’s comments and the moderate wing of the party, came after the West Virginia senator knocked her approach as a lawmaker in a New York Times interview while discussing his plans as a centrist in a divided government.
Manchin specifically responded to AOC posting a photo to Twitter last month in which she could be seen staring daggers at him as he looked away.
“I guess she put the dagger stare on me. I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else,” Manchin noted.
“We’re not going to defund the police, we’re not for the new green deal. That’s not going to happen. We’re not for Medicare for All — we can’t even pay for Medicare for some,” he continued, incorrectly referencing the New York Democrat’s Green New Deal.
A spokeswoman for AOC told the paper that the congresswoman had submitted more amendments than 90 percent of other freshman lawmakers. The spokeswoman also noted that Ocasio-Cortez had missed fewer votes than Manchin.
“The congresswoman has earned a reputation as a tough, prepared member in committee hearings,” AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a statement.
Manchin’s New York Times comments were not his only criticism of the second-term lawmaker.
Speaking to Fox News Tuesday, he expressed worry that members of “The Squad” like AOC could try to derail the newly unveiled bipartisan Covid-19 stimulus proposal.
The $908 billion compromise legislation will require lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to meet in the middle, something Manchin said he feared would not happen with progressives.
“They’ll have to answer to the public. We’ve come in a bipartisan, bicameral way to agree on $908 billion. Some will say it’s too much. Some will say it’s not enough. I don’t know how you please everybody but we found something that met the needs we think America has,” Manchin told the network.
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