AOC's own party turning on her? Dem lawmaker says, ‘Don’t attack your own people’; others frustrated with ‘Twitter star’ behavior

Shocking, we know

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It appears that the antics of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are starting to wear on her fellow Democratic lawmakers' nerves.

Some of those lawmakers have even spoken out against Ocasio-Cortez, decrying her "Twitter star" behavior.

What are the details?

The 29-year-old freshman congresswoman — who was sworn in last week as the youngest congresswoman in U.S. history — has been making waves with much of her social media presence ever since winning the Democratic primary last year.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) — who is also a black Methodist pastor — issued some valid advice to the congresswoman in a recent comment to Politico, which was published Friday.

"I'm sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there's almost an outstanding rule: Don't attack your own people," Cleaver advised. "We just don't need sniping in our Democratic Caucus."

Cleaver wasn't the only one. In its Friday report, Politico pointed to no fewer than 20 Democratic lawmakers who aren't exactly over the moon about Ocasio-Cortez's public behavior and its reflection on the party.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Conn.) said that Ocasio-Cortez just doesn't understand how the Democratic Party works.

"She's new here, feeling her way around," Schrader said. "She doesn't understand how the place works yet."

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) added, "I think she needs to give herself an opportunity to know her colleagues and to give herself a sense of the chemistry of the body before passing judgment on anyone or anything."

What is she — activist or lawmaker?

Other Democratic lawmakers who spoke to Politico reported concerns that the newly minted congresswoman was attempting to push out the party's old blood and more seasoned lawmakers.

An unnamed Democratic lawmaker added, "She needs to decide: Does she want to be an effective legislator or just continue being a Twitter star? There's a difference between being an activist and a lawmaker in Congress."

On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an article about former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), who was also nominee for vice president of the U.S. in 2000. In the article, Lieberman said that he didn't believe — or hope — Ocasio-Cortez was or would be the face of the future Democratic Party.

The congresswoman tweeted the article and captioned it, "New party, who dis?"

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