Ocasio-Cortez, the House newcomer and darling of the progressive left, appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight and got a lot of attention from the hosts, who deemed her show a threat to the nation’s democratic governance.
Carlson called them the “AOC Gang” in reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who the host believed had cost Democrats their chance to win control of the House in 2020. In response, the congressman insisted she had no “appetite” for receiving Donald Trump’s lobbyist favorites.
“Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her followers right now are causing extreme problems for Democrats,” Carlson began. “Not the kind of problems that I want to talk about tonight but the kind that are very serious and directly threaten the democratic process of America. I call it the ‘AOC Gang’ and you just did the best jobs you have ever done on it.”
She replied, “One person here said, well, you must have a vested interest to be saying this, Tucker.”
As Carlson prompted her to elaborate, Ocasio-Cortez referred to herself and her colleagues, “Not a bunch of lefties, we’re not just talking about eco-justice and everything else. We’re talking about your freedom.”