Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rejects Pelosi’s Explanation of Her Win: ‘It’s Not Just One District’


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who championed over 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday night, appeared on CNN and responded to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Pelosi was bombarded with questions about the 28-year-old Democratic socialist’s astounding upset victory at a press conference on Wednesday, and at one point the Democratic congresswoman dismissed the suggestion that the result is a bell-whether.

“They made a choice in one district,” Pelosi told reporters. “So, let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and this or that within the caucus or outside the caucus… We have an array of genders, generations, geography and the rest, opinion, in our caucus and we’re very proud of that.”

CNN’s Erin Burnett played that clip of Pelosi for Ocasio-Cortez during their interview.

“I think that we’re in the middle of a movement in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez responded. “I feel this movement, but that movement is going to happen from the bottom up. That movement is going to come from voters.”

“There are a lot of really exciting races with extremely similar dynamics as mine,” she continued. “It’s not just one district. You look at Ayanna Pressley out in Massachusetts. Same exact situation.”

Burnett then noted that Democratic leaders are getting old, citing 78-year-old Pelosi, 79-year-old Steny Hoyer, and 77-year-old Jim Clyburn.

“Is it time for new blood?” Burnett asked.

“I do think that we do need to elect a generation of new people to Congress in both parties,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.

Watch above, via CNN.

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