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Ocasio-Cortez Throws Down on McCaskill for Calling Her 'Thing'

Freshman rep doesn't take kindly to outgoing lawmaker calling her a 'shiny object'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won her bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in New York's 14th District, asks 2014 Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai a question at Harvard University in Cambridge,...   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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(Newser) – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pulled no punches in responding to her latest critic, reports Fox News, who came from within her own party. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who was defeated in November, told CNN that she was "confused why she's the thing," adding that Ocasio-Cortez is a "a bright shiny new object, (who) came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman." Over at Slate, Daniel Politi notes that McCaskill "was also more than a bit patronizing" in offering advice to the freshman, telling her "The rhetoric is cheap. Getting results is a lot harder."

Responded Ocasio-Cortez, "Not sure why fmr Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a 'thing' and 'shiny object,' but it’s pretty disappointing. McCaskill promised she’d '100% back Trump up' on his anti-immigrant rhetoric & lost. In MO, almost all progressive ballot issues won." She also accused McCaskill of "covering for the GOP by saying they 'secretly think Trump is nuts'. Nobody cares. ... They're accomplices." (Read more Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stories.)

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