'New party, who dis?' 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez mocks aging Joe Lieberman, 76, for hoping 'she's not the future' as frightened House Democrats scramble to deal with Twitter star who's plotting primary campaigns against them
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a 29-year-old freshman congresswoman
- The Democrat is a socialist who wants steep tax hikes and socialized medicine
- 76-year-old former Democratic VP nominee Joe Lieberman says the party will lose voters in the long term if her ideas become its bread and butter
- 'I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is,' Lieberman said
- Ocasio-Cortez fired back on Twitter: 'New party, who dis?'
'I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is,' Lieberman said in a Fox Business Network interview. He retired in 2013 after serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate.
The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez retweeted the 76-year-old's sentiment with a four-word rejoinder: 'New party, who dis?'
'Who dis?' is a common response to a text message from an unknown number. Among millennials in the smartphone generation, the phrase has morphed into a snarky tool for rejecting someone by framing their approach as a mistake.
Just a few weeks into the new Congress, Ocasio-Cortez is already causing heartburn among centrist Democrats who are wary of her unapologetic proposal to raise the top marginal income tax rate to 70 per cent.
The current top rate is 37 per cent. That applies to an earner's income after the first $600,000. Ocasio-Cortez's plan would start applying the 70 per cent rate after the first $10 million.
Lieberman said Thursday that she's too 'left-left' to help the Democratic Party be a sustainable political powerhouse.
'If you look at the majority of new Democrats in the House,' he said, 'they tend to be – I say, center-left ... and that is because they had to be center-left to win some of those competitive swing districts that they took from Republicans.'