Freshman New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda MORE (D) in an interview late Monday said she gives "zero" f---s about criticism she’s received from members of her own party.
“Now, congresswoman, for you and other freshmen members of Congress, you're getting a fair amount of pushback from even members of your own party saying ‘wait your turn, go slow, don't ask for so much so fast right now, you're new, wait your turn for everything and don't make waves,'" late-night host Stephen Colbert said to the rising progressive star on CBS's "The Late Show."
“I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you're from Queens, so you will understand this question,” he continued.
“And the BX,” Ocasio-Cortez, who is also from the Bronx, laughingly injected.
“On a scale from zero to some, how many f---s do you give?”
After taking a moment to deliberate, Ocasio-Cortez reached into her side and pulled out her hand to make a circle, saying: “I think it’s zero.”
“That’s my thought!” Colbert exclaimed.
When pressed further about her response to lawmakers who say her actions show a “divided front” for the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez responded: “It’s how we choose to interpret items and how we choose to interpret events and things like activism and advocacy.”
“If you think activism is inherently divisive — I mean, today is Martin Luther King Day,” she continued. “People called Martin Luther King divisive in his time. We forget he was wildly unpopular when advocating for the Civil Rights Act. I think that what we really need to realize is that social movements are the moral compass and should be the moral compass for our politics.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments arrive weeks after several Democratic lawmakers have publicly pushed back against the lawmaker and her threat to support primary opponents who plan to challenge Democrat incumbents she considers to be too moderate.
Others also expressed their frustration with a grass-roots movement behind the lawmaker that aimed to get her a high-ranking post on a committee in an interview with Politico earlier this month.
“I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) told the publication at the time. “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”