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Sen. Joe Manchin took a jab at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s abilities as a lawmaker, describing her as “more active on Twitter than anything else,” amid their ongoing feud.
Speaking to the New York Times, Manchin (D-WVa.) made the remarks while discussing his plans as a centrist in a divided government.
Manchin specifically responded to AOC posting a photo to Twitter last month in which she could be seen staring daggers at the West Virginia senator as he looked away.
“I guess she put the dagger stare on me. I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else,” Manchin noted.
“We’re not going to defund the police, we’re not for the new green deal. That’s not going to happen. We’re not for Medicare for All — we can’t even pay for Medicare for some,” he continued, incorrectly referencing the New York Democrat’s Green New Deal.
A spokeswoman for AOC told the paper that the congresswoman had submitted more amendments than 90 percent of other freshman lawmakers. The spokeswoman also noted that Ocasio-Cortez had missed fewer votes than Manchin.
“The congresswoman has earned a reputation as a tough, prepared member in committee hearings,” AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said in a statement.
Manchin is hardly the first establishment Democrat to knock Ocasio-Cortez.
While calling the scandal partially “media-manufactured,” AOC acknowledged strife with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and party leadership during a November Vanity Fair interview.
The progressive superstar called their feud last summer media hype, though she acknowledged that party leadership still sometimes panics about her speaking on the House floor.
“Two powerful women coming from different perspectives, and there has to be a catfight,” she said, shrugging.
“House leadership is, sometimes, a little wary of me speaking on the floor. Not that I’m not allowed to, but it’s a little more dicey. I think a lot of people, including my Democratic colleagues, believe the Fox News version of me,” the 31-year-old congresswoman told Vanity Fair last month.
Ocasio-Cortez engaged in a spat with Pelosi after the top Democrat diminished her and her fellow “Squad” lawmakers by saying in an interview that they “didn’t have any following” outside the Twitter world.
“They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got,” Pelosi said of their pull on Capitol Hill.
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