Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Twitter fights with Trump don't move the nation forward

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the political newcomer who vanquished a top-ranking House Democrat in a New York primary, said Wednesday that "getting into Twitter fights" with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE will ultimately fail to move the country forward.

In an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Ocasio-Cortez said she wants to focus her campaign on rebutting the president's policies rather than picking personal fights with him.


"What we need to do is lay out a plan and a vision that people can believe in, and getting into Twitter fights with the president is not exactly, I think, where we're going to find progress as a nation," she said.

Ocasio-Cortez defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, in a primary on Tuesday night. Crowley's loss marked the most significant upset for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade.

Crowley, who was considered a possible successor to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Photographer leaves Judiciary hearing after being accused of taking photos of member notes Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.), had not faced a primary challenger since 2004.

But Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former organizer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSaagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure' Sanders endorses Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur for Katie Hill's former House seat Biden hires Clinton, O'Rourke alum as campaign's digital director MORE's (I-Vt.) 2016 presidential campaign, focused her campaign on a call for generational change in Washington. Ultimately, she emerged with more than 57 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez has said that Democrats should not be afraid to take on the Trump administration. But she also said on Wednesday that those criticisms should be based more on policy than personal conflicts.