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‘New party, who dis?’ 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez mocks aging Joe Lieberman

Jan 11, 2019 |

By Daily Mail

Freshman lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped a hammer on Joe Lieberman on Thursday, after the onetime Democratic vice presidential candidate said he feared her brand of high-tax socialism could doom the party's chances for long-term dominance in Congress.

'I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is,' Lieberman said in a Fox Business Network interview. He retired in 2013 after serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate.

The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez retweeted the 76-year-old's sentiment with a four-word rejoinder: 'New party, who dis?'

'Who dis?' is a common response to a text message from an unknown number. Among millennials in the smartphone generation, the phrase has morphed into a snarky tool for rejecting someone by framing their approach as a mistake.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  (left, with Rep. Grace Meng) is promoting socialist-leaning policies that make centrist Democrats worry; Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29 years old, doesn't care

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  (left, with Rep. Grace Meng) is promoting socialist-leaning policies that make centrist Democrats worry; Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29 years old, doesn't care

Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, a 76-year-old retired U.S. senator, said his party will lose voters in the long term if Ocasio-Cortez's ideas become its bread and butter: 'I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is'

 

Former Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, a 76-year-old retired U.S. senator, said his party will lose voters in the long term if Ocasio-Cortez's ideas become its bread and butter: 'I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is'

Just a few weeks into the new Congress, Ocasio-Cortez is already causing heartburn among centrist Democrats who are wary of her unapologetic proposal to raise the top marginal income tax rate to 70 per cent.

The current top rate is 37 per cent. That applies to an earner's income after the first $600,000. Ocasio-Cortez's plan would start applying the 70 per cent rate after the first $10 million.

Lieberman said Thursday that she's too 'left-left' to help the Democratic Party be a sustainable political powerhouse.

'If you look at the majority of new Democrats in the House,' he said, 'they tend to be – I say, center-left ... and that is because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans.'

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