Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is a rising star in the Democratic Party — and as one of the youngest of the bunch, she hasn’t been afraid to take on some of the party’s senior leaders for not doing their part in the past to push progressive ideals.
But the upstart congresswoman was just dragged back down to Earth by Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s The View, who “admonished” AOC on Wednesday for her dismissive attitude toward those who came before her, Page Six reported.
Goldberg calls AOC out
Goldberg remained calm as she gently chided Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday. “I was very happy when you were elected because I thought it was a great step in a good direction,” Goldberg said, “and then you lost me.
“Because it felt like you were saying to people like me that I was too old and didn’t do enough,” she continued.
The congresswoman interjected to say, “Oh, no,” but Goldberg wasn’t finished yet. “Well, that’s what it sounded like, and so that has bothered me because I feel like — I love young people. I was once one — but you’re on my shoulders, and we have carried this fight,” The View host said.
Goldberg went on to drop the names of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who she said have had to deal with being “the only chick in the room for years.”
“[To] hear it sound like you were dismissing us bothered the hell out of me,” Goldberg concluded. Take a look:
— The View (@TheView) February 19, 2020
Goldberg went on to say that she had been “very upset” about the situation for some time, and asked Ocasio-Cortez if she’d perhaps been misunderstood. Like a true politician, the young congresswoman responded by expressing her appreciation to Goldberg for sharing her feelings and arguing that people in the Democratic Party aren’t “divided” but instead are simply “disconnected” with each other.
Ocasio-Cortez also suggested that the internal squabbles of the party had been blown out of proportion, and stressed the importance of providing recognition to those who’d fought the fight before them, including “mama bear” Pelosi.
“Part of, I think, youth and culture — it’s always been seen and cast as rebellious, but ultimately, we are not a moment that is disconnected from our past,” AOC said. “We are part of a long movement of ancestors and elders that we should always acknowledge.”
Only time will tell if those ancestors and elders will be of any help to Ocasio-Cortez as she faces fierce primary battles in her home district this summer.