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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez Sanders: Netanyahu has cultivated 'racist nationalism' MORE (D-N.Y.) ripped former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Demings asked about Senate run after sparring with Jordan on police funding 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 HawleyNYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force chief: Attacks are 'not new' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan 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.