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Ocasio-Cortez hits back after Manchin criticism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won MORE (D-N.Y.) hit back at Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden's elitist work-family policy won't work for most families The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders MORE (D-W.Va.) after he criticized her tenure in the House in the latest spat between the progressive and centrist lawmakers.

“I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing & grassroots fundraising to 'she just tweets,' as though 'serious' politics is only done by begging corporate CEOs for money through wax-sealed envelopes delivered by raven,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. 

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The rebuke comes a day after Manchin belittled her service in the House, a rare elbow from the West Virginian.

“I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else,” Manchin told The New York Times.

The feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Manchin goes back nearly a month to when the senator rebuked calls to defund the police by declaring, “Defund, my butt.” Ocasio-Cortez responded with a tweet showing her glaring at the senator when he applauded during President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE’s second State of the Union address. 

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The back-and-forth is a microcosm of the ongoing battles between moderates and progressives within the Democratic Party in the aftermath of a disappointing congressional election cycle.

Democrats are pointing fingers as they try to explain why they did not take the Senate outright on Nov. 3 and lost House members in a cycle when they faced a favorable Senate map and were expected to expand their majority in the lower chamber.

Moderates have said slogans like “defund the police” and "Medicare for All" alienated centrist voters they needed, while progressives said their policies should be credited with energizing the Democratic base.