Asked if some of her policy proposals are unrealistic, Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, told Cooper, "What's unrealistic is what we're living in right now", she said.
Ocasio-Cortez, a first time candidate, delivered a shocking upset a year ago when she ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district. She's repeatedly stated her support for legalization and advocated to fix the harms caused by the War on Drugs.
What did Ocasio-Cortez say?But their frustration goes beyond that: Democratic leaders are upset that she railed against their new set of House rules on Twitter the first week of the new Congress.
Her chief of staff also fired back at House Democratic lawmakers who spoke to Politico about Ocasio-Cortez.
Democrats and Republicans alike have accused Ocasio-Cortez of hypocrisy.
AOC knows that - hell, she represents that - and judging by Joe's inane comments to somebody as far right wing as Cavuto... we think Joe may have an idea that his time has always been up, too.
'The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law...'
In a comparison that Ocasio-Cortez would surely hate, politicos have pointed out that the NY rep. has "Trumpian" tendencies.
"She's new here, feeling her way around", added Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.).
Some lawmakers are trying to convince Ocasio-Cortez to use her influence to unite Democrats, while others have warned her that she's headed for a lonely tenure in Congress if she treats her more moderate colleagues as enemies, the report said.
The Politico report follows criticism from high profile former members of Congress like Democrat Claire McCaskill, a former senator from Missouri.