Democratic Socialists of America see membership spike after Ocasio-Cortez win
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The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) said its membership numbers hit a record high after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) stunned the Democratic establishment by beating Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez gets new Republican challenger: report CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries Justice Democrats issues 3 new endorsements for progressive candidates MORE (D) in a New York primary race.

Lawrence Dreyfuss, program associate for DSA, told The Hill that the political organization surpassed 40,000 members on Thursday, two days after Ocasio-Cortez, a DSA member and first-time candidate, emerged victorious.

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Ocasio-Cortez, 28, previously worked as an organizer for the 2016 presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.).

The day after she won the Democratic nomination, the group had 1,152 people join its ranks — 35 times more than an average day. The last time they saw a similar increase was the month after President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE was elected, when six times as many people joined compared with the previous month.

Since November 2016, nationwide membership for DSA has jumped from 5,000 to 40,000. 

The Daily Beast first reported on the membership surge.

Ocasio-Cortez ran on a platform to the left of her opponent — the No. 4 House Democrat and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

Despite defeating the 10-term congressman, Ocasio-Cortez defended him on Thursday after attacks from President Trump.

“It is unacceptable to be disrespectful of Congressman Crowley,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN. “He’s done some phenomenal, phenomenal work for the Bronx and Queens."

The previous day, Ocasio-Cortez said she would support impeaching Trump if she won the general election in November.