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Ocasio-Cortez knocks McCaskill over comments about Democrats leaving voters behind

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTexas man charged for alleged role in Capitol riots, online death threats to Ocasio-Cortez DC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Tensions running high after gun incident near House floor MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Lobbying world Former McCaskill aides launch PAC seeking to thwart Hawley MORE (D) for claiming in the wake of this week's election that the Democratic Party is leaving voters behind. 

During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday, McCaskill said that the Republican Party has picked up voters while Democrats focus on social issues.

"Whether you are talking guns or ... abortion ... or gay marriage and rights for 'transsexuals' and other people who we as a party 'look after' and make sure they are treated fairly. As we circled the issues, we left some voters behind and Republicans dove in with a vengeance and grabbed those voters," she said. 

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“So, we’ve got to get back to the ‘meat and potatoes’ issues and the issues where we’re taking care of their families, and we also need to stop acting like we’re smarter than everybody else, because we’re not,” she said. 

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, asking: “Why do we listen to people who lost elections as if they are experts in winning elections?” 

McCaskill apologized for her comments on Thursday after drawing backlash for using the word "transsexuals" to refer to transgender people.

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“Our party should never leave behind our fight 4 equality for trans people or anyone else who has been marginalized by hate. My record reflects that," she tweeted.

McCaskill has been at odds with Ocasio-Cortez since the progressive congresswoman won election in 2018, the same year McCaskill was ousted by Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyTrump DHS chief argues for swift confirmation of Biden pick amid Hawley hold Overnight Defense: Austin takes helm at Pentagon | COVID-19 briefing part of Day 1 agenda | Outrage over images of National Guard troops in parking garage Ethics complaint filed against Biggs, Cawthorn and Gosar over Capitol riot MORE (R).

The December after the election, McCaskill described Ocasio-Cortez as a “bright, shiny new object” who “surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.” 

Ocasio-Cortez called her rhetoric “pretty disappointing,” and pointed out that progressive initiatives won on the ballot in Missouri even while McCaskill lost.