Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 15 minutes of fame might be running out.
After Ocasio-Cortez upset incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) last month, she’s been everywhere. Every progressive (read: liberal) talking head has featured her on the mainstream media channels, and some have even begun to say that the 28 year old is the new face of the Democratic Party.
But now some in the party are beginning to grow weary of the upstart, The Hill reports.
Some legislators are voicing concerns that Ocasio-Cortez appears set on using her newfound star power to attack Democrats from the left flank, threatening to divide the party — and undermine its chances at retaking the House — in a midterm election year when leaders are scrambling to form a united front against President Trump and Republicans.
The members are not mincing words, warning that Ocasio-Cortez is making enemies of soon-to-be colleagues even before she arrives on Capitol Hill, as she’s expected to do after November’s midterms.
Some are incensed that Ocasio-Cortez accused Crowley, who endorsed her candidacy after his defeat, of trying to upset her run for his seat.
“She’s carrying on and she ain’t gonna make friends that way,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). “Joe conceded, wished her well, said he would support her … so she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.”
“She’s not asking my advice,” he added, “[but] I would do it differently, rather than make enemies of people.”
Asked if Ocasio-Cortez is, indeed, making enemies of fellow Democrats, Pascrell didn’t hesitate.
“Yes,” he said. “No doubt about it.”
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) went further.
“Meteors fizz out,” he said. “What she will learn in this institution is that it’s glacial to begin with, and therefore no matter how far you rise, that’s just how far you will ultimately get your comeuppance.”
“You come up here and you’re going to be buddy-buddy with all the folks or you’re going to make them do certain things? Ain’t happening, OK?”
Since her victory in the primary, Ocasio-Cortez has occasionally seemed over her head when discussing issues. In a recent interview on PBS’s “Firing Line,” she called Israel occupiers of Palestine — but later admitted that she had no idea what she was talking about.
When the show’s host asked Ocasio-Cortez, “You use the term ‘the occupation of Palestine.’ What do you mean by that?” Ocasio-Cortez said: “Um… I think what I meant is … like … the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas and places where Palestinians are experiencing difficulty in access to their housing and homes.”
Then she said: “Yeah… I mean, I think … I’d … also just — I am not the expert on geo-politics on this issue.”