Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is best known for her social media feuds with Republican lawmakers, conservative activists, and anyone that is deemed insufficiently “woke.”
On Monday, her latest target was a member of her own party: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).
What was Manchin’s sin? He referred to Ocasio-Cortez as a “young lady.”
For the record, Ocasio-Cortez is just 31-years-old.
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The feud started last week when AOC tweeted a response to Machin’s Wall Street Journal op-ed, where he expressed dismay over the Democratic Party’s massive $3.5 trillion spending plan.
“I, for one, won’t support a $3.5 trillion bill, or anywhere near that level of additional spending, without greater clarity about why Congress chooses to ignore the serious effects inflation and debt have on existing government programs,” Manchin wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez took to social media and claimed Manchin was in the pocket of Exxon and other energy producers, and he was responsible for killing people —
Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called “bipartisan” fossil fuel bills.
It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this “bipartisan” corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation. https://t.co/KW8w7HUhvT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
Manchin responded to Ocasio-Cortez during an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash.
“I keep my door open for everybody. That’s totally false,” Manchin said. “Those types of superlatives, it’s just awful. Continue to divide and divide and divide.”
“I don’t know that young lady that well,” he added. “I really don’t. I have met her one time, I think, between sets here. But that’s it.”
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“So we have not had any conversations. She’s just speculating and saying things because she wants to.”
“You’re entitled to your own facts … I mean, your own opinions,” he said. “You’re just not entitled to create your own facts to support it. And that’s exactly what they’re doing.”
Ocasio-Cortez took offense to being called a “young lady” and aired her grievances on social media —
Imagine if every time someone referred to someone as “young lady” they were ask responded to by being addressed with their age and gender? They’d be pretty upset if one responded with “the old man,” right? Why this kind of weird, patronizing behavior is so accepted is beyond me!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 13, 2021
The Ocasio-Cortez feud with Manchin is just the latest in the growing infighting about Democratic Party lawmakers.
On Monday, House Democrats unveiled a sweeping proposal for tax hikes on big corporations and the wealthy to fund President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plan that would impact almost all aspects of domestic life. Democrats can’t afford
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The proposed top tax rate would revert to 39.6% on couples earning more than $450,000, and there would be a 3% tax on wealthier Americans making beyond $5 million a year. For big businesses, the proposal would lift the 21% corporate tax rate to 26.5% on incomes beyond $5 million.
In all, the tax hikes would bring about the most substantive changes in the tax code since Republicans with then-President Donald Trump slashed taxes in 2017. Business and anti-tax groups are sure to object. But Democrats are pressing forward.
Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the chairman of the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee, said taken together, the proposals would “expand opportunity for the American people and support our efforts to build a healthier, more prosperous future.”
It’s a daunting moment for Biden and his allies in Congress as they assemble the massive package that is destined to become one of the largest singles measures considered in some time, if ever.
Manchin has said the cost will need to be slashed to $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion to win his support. He also cautioned there was “no way” Congress will meet the late September goal from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for passage given his current wide differences with liberal Democrats on how much to spend and how to pay for it.
“I cannot support $3.5 trillion,” Manchin said Sunday, citing, in particular, his opposition to a proposed increase in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 28% and vast new social spending. “We don’t have the need to rush into this.”
Democrats have no votes to spare if they want to enact Biden’s massive “Build Back Better” agenda, with the Senate split 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris the tiebreaker if there is no Republican support. Democratic congressional leaders have set a target of Wednesday for committees to have the bill drafted.
Manchin voted last month to approve a budget resolution that set the figure, though he and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have expressed reservations about the topline amount.
The Associated Press contributed to this article