Ocasio-Cortez responds to McCaskill: 'Pretty disappointing'

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears Biden-Sanders 'unity task force' rolls out platform recommendations Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 MORE (D-N.Y.) fired back at former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump mocked for low attendance at rally Missouri county issues travel advisory for Lake of the Ozarks after Memorial Day parties Senate faces protracted floor fight over judges amid pandemic safety concerns MORE (D-Mo.) on Saturday after the outgoing senator criticized the freshman New York lawmaker for her embrace of the Democratic Party's left wing.

In a series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez called McCaskill's rhetoric "pretty disappointing" and pointed out that progressive initiatives including a minimum wage increase won on the ballot in Missouri in November while McCaskill, a more conservative Democrat, lost.

"Not sure why fmr Sen. McCaskill keeps going on TV to call me a “thing” and “shiny object,” but it’s pretty disappointing," Ocasio-Cortez wrote Saturday.

"McCaskill promised she’d '100% back Trump up' on his anti-immigrant rhetoric & lost. In MO, almost all progressive ballot issues won," she continued.

The freshman New York Democrat added in another tweet that McCaskill was wrong to speak about conversations with GOP senators in which they deride President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE, which she amounted to helping Republican "accomplices" to the president.

"I’m also not sure why McCaskill is covering for the GOP by saying they 'secretly think Trump is nuts,' she continued.

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"Nobody cares. Trump is melting down our institutions and inciting division between people. At any time GOP could have checked him and choose not to. They’re accomplices," Ocasio-Cortez concluded.

Her flurry of tweets comes following an exit interview the former senator gave to CNN, in which McCaskill took direct aim at Ocasio-Cortez and the party's progressive wing.

"I'm a little confused why she's the thing,” McCaskill told CNN. “But it's a good example of what I'm talking about, a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman."

"The rhetoric is cheap. Getting results is a lot harder," McCaskill added.

A two-term senator from Missouri, McCaskill was ousted in November by the state's former attorney general, Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyOvernight Defense: House Dems offer M for Army to rename bases | Bill takes aim at money for Trump's border wall | Suspect in custody after shooting at Marine training facility  Should the United States withdraw from the WTO? Defense spending bill includes M for Army to change Confederate base names MORE, who was supported by Trump and other national Republicans during her reelection bid.