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 TrumpBroward County official Brenda Snipes submits resignation after criticism Retired lieutenant general tears into Trump over attacks against Navy SEAL: 'Disgusting' Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiJohn Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push Dem House newcomers split on supporting Pelosi for Speaker Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not MORE (D-Calif.), had not faced a primary challenger since 2004.

But Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former organizer for Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man My fellow Democrats should watch their language: Economic equality is not a rational societal goal As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural 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.