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Ocasio-Cortez Does Exactly What Republicans Hoped She Would In First Week In D.C.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, has been touted as “the future” of the Democrat Party and the far-left’s “rising star,” but in her first week on Capitol Hill after easily winning just days before, the biggest fans of her actions thus far might just be Republicans — who have been cheering her on as she’s overtly undermined the leadership of her party and vowed to “fierce[ly]” campaign against the re-election efforts of Democrats she doesn’t deem radical or diverse enough.

Ocasio-Cortez announced her arrival in D.C. by immediately joining a sit-in protest at the office of ranking House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, who’s furiously working now to ensure that she’s re-crowned Speaker amid opposition from a female minority colleague. After tweeting about discrimination she’s faced already on Capitol Hill, on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez jumped on a conference call hosted by radical left group Justice Democrats and vowed to help them take down incumbent Democrats.

In a piece describing Ocasio-Cortez as “the incoming star congresswoman from New York,” Politico provides some details that no doubt has her fellow Democrats very concerned and Republicans egging her on.

“Long story short, I need you to run for office,” she told the radical participants of the video conference that is part of the group’s #OurTime campaign. “All Americans know money in politics is a huge problem, but unfortunately the way that we fix it is by demanding that our incumbents give it up or by running fierce campaigns ourselves. That’s really what we need to do to save this country. That’s just what it is.”

She also specifically addressed the reason why she joined the sit-in protest outside Pelosi’s office earlier that week. “I don’t think people who are taking money from oil and gas companies should be drafting climate legislation,” she said.

In case she wasn’t clear enough about the group’s goals, its co-founder offered what Politico describes as a “blunter” explanation of what they plan to do in 2020: “We need new leaders, period,” said Saikat Chakrabart. “We gotta primary folks.”

The group, as Politico explains, intends to back Democrat candidates that represent “their diverse communities and support liberal policies like ‘Medicare for all,’ abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, implementing a ‘Green New Deal’ and rejecting corporate PAC donations,” Politico explains. In other words, they want to imitate Ocasio-Cortez’s defeat of incumbent Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley with more candidates running on her democratic socialist platform.

“Justice Democrats said it will prioritize women and diversity in its recruitment,” Politico notes. “All four incoming House members who were backed by Justice Democrats are women of color: Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez.”

Ocasio-Cortez also took to Twitter to call on new candidates whose views align with hers to unseat establishment Democrats:

She’s also been pushing her Select Climate Committee initiative hard online, calling on Democrats to pressure their representatives to join her in the cause that her party’s leadership has thus far rejected:

Her climate initiative is what inspired her to embarrass Pelosi to the Right’s delight.

The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti provides some more details on the representative-elect’s protest efforts:

Newly elected Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made her first appearance in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, but the first item on her agenda has fellow Democrats seeing red.

Ocasio-Cortez joined a group of young activists called the “Sunrise Movement” in staging a sit-in protest outside the Capitol Hill office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House Minority Leader and, come January, the likely Speaker of the House — and Ocasio-Cortez’s new boss.

Ocasio-Cortez addressed the protesters, who were holding signs asking for a “Green New Deal” from Democrats in charge, and demanding “Green Jobs for All,” shook hands, and gave high-fives to the 50 or so protesters who blocked the entrance to Pelosi’s office.

The move had many on the left asking “WTF are you doing?” But Ocasio-Cortez told the Sunrise Movement that she wasn’t there to protest Pelosi, but to pressure her to pursue “the most progressive energy agenda that this country has ever seen.”

Related: Ocasio-Cortez: I’m Already Being Discriminated Against On Capitol Hill