Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Sen. Claire McCaskill for calling her a ‘shiny object’

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Saturday and wrote: "Not sure why fmr Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a ‘thing’ and ‘shiny object,’ but it’s pretty disappointing."


                            Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Sen. Claire McCaskill for calling her a ‘shiny object’

New York congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has slammed Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill for calling her a "bright, shiny object," and said that the outgoing senator's remarks were "disappointing."

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Saturday and wrote: "Not sure why fmr Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a ‘thing’ and ‘shiny object,’ but it’s pretty disappointing."

The incoming Democratic representative, who describes herself as a Democratic socialist, also took a swipe at McCaskill for covering up for the Republican lawmakers, who privately say that President Donald Trump is not fit for office but have not done anything publicly to stop him.

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a rally calling on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. 
New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a rally calling on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to reject Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court on October 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. 

"I’m also not sure why McCaskill is covering for the GOP by saying they ‘secretly think Trump is nuts’. Nobody cares. Trump is melting down our institutions and inciting division between people. At any time GOP could have checked him and choose not to. They’re accomplices,” she wrote about the Missouri Senator. McCaskill lost her bid for a third term in November’s midterm elections.

The 29-year-old also accused McCaskill of abandoning her principles in her Senate run: "McCaskill promised she’d ‘100% back Trump up’ on his anti-immigrant rhetoric & lost. In MO, almost all progressive ballot issues won," she wrote.



 

McCaskill, in an interview with CNN earlier this month, had questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s sudden rise to fame in the Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest person ever elected in Congress.

"I’m a little confused why she’s the thing,” McCaskill told CNN. “But it’s a good example of what I’m talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.”

Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for New York City Public Advocate on July 12, 2018 in New York City. 
Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for New York City Public Advocate on July 12, 2018 in New York City. 

The outgoing Senator also rubbished Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive stand on issues like health care and immigration.

“But I hope she also realizes that the parts of the country that are rejecting the Democratic Party, like a whole lot of white working-class voters, need to hear about how their work is going to be respected, and the dignity of their jobs, and how we can really stick to issues that we can actually accomplish something on,” McCaskill said.

Ocasio-Cortez, ever since she unseated longtime Democratic Rep Joe Crowley in the New York primary earlier this year, has strongly spoken about her fight toward socialism. The 29-year-old also made news when she recently promised her interns a "living wage" as she actively hit back at her critics who mocked her appearance and age. Prominent Republicans, including senator Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump Jr and Kelleyanne Conway, recently questioned her political knowledge citing her age.