- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez batted criticism from her fellow Democratic lawmakers in an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
- She went on the show Monday night to discuss the government shutdown, her way of doing things, and her response to critics on Twitter.
- Colbert had asked her: “On a scale from zero to some, how many f—s do you give?” about the criticism.
- She replied: “I think it’s, um, zero.”
The freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Monday said she gave “zero” f—s about criticism from fellow Democrats telling her to rein in her unorthodox policy proposals.
Here is the exchange:
Colbert: Now, congresswoman, for you and some other freshman members of Congress, you’re getting a fair amount of pushback privately and publicly from more established members of even your own party saying, “Wait your turn,” “Go slow,” “Don’t ask for so much so fast right now,” “You’re new, wait your turn for everything and don’t make waves.”
Now, I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question. On a scale of zero to some, how many f—s do you give?
Ocasio-Cortez: I think it’s, um, zero.
Colbert: That’s what I thought.
More and more reports have emerged in recent days that some Democrats are annoyed by Ocasio-Cortez and her political style, which has earned her acres of media coverage. It has also seen her criticise parts of her party.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat, told Politico: “I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people.”
Some Democrats are also said to be frustrated that Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th District, which includes parts of Queens and the Bronx, asked for positions on powerful committees, including the Ways and Means Committee.
She was not chosen for that by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but she did secure a position on the House Financial Services Committee.
“It totally pissed off everyone,” an unidentified senior House Democrat told Politico. “You don’t get picked for committees by who your grassroots [supporters] are.”
Aaron Sorkin, the Hollywood writer who wrote “The West Wing” and “The Social Network,” appeared on CNN on Friday and urged freshman Democrats to stop “acting like young people.” Ocasio-Cortez hit back two days later.
Also on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez expanded on what she thought about her job and the way she carried herself.
“Rule number one is to be authentic, to be yourself and don’t try to be anyone that you’re not,” she said.
“Don’t try to talk like a young kid if you’re not a young kid,” she added. “Don’t post a meme if you don’t know what a meme is – that was literally my advice – and I said don’t talk like the Founding Fathers on Twitter.”
Ocasio-Cortez is well known for confronting her critics on her Twitter page.
She joked with Colbert that she would debate people “if you have a blue check, if you’re in my mentions, if you’re being sassy in a way that I think is unjustified, and if I haven’t eaten in two to three hours.”