'It's Intolerant': Francis Calls Out AOC for Reported Warning to Moderate Dems
'Everyone has to think alike,' 'Outnumbered' co-host says.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking some criticism over a reported warning to her moderate colleagues.
After more than two dozen moderate Democrats broke from their party's progressive wing and sided with Republicans on a legislative amendment Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reportedly sounded the alarm in a closed-door meeting Thursday and said those Democrats were "putting themselves on a list."
Ocasio-Cortez reportedly said she would help progressive activists unseat those moderates in their districts in the 2020 elections.
On "Outnumbered" Friday, former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein noted that the pro-business New Democratic Coalition is much bigger than the progressive caucus or any Democratic House caucus.
He added that Ocasio-Cortez holds no leadership positions and has no seniority, and she may be making enemies in her own party.
"Frankly, with moves like this, she's going to get people, like, trying to knock her down a peg," Goodstein said.
Morgan Ortagus said Ocasio-Cortez may not have the most political power in the Democratic Party, but she resonates emotionally with the base, noting that the New York congresswoman was able to garner support for her "utterly ridiculous" Green New Deal proposal, in addition to spearheading the resistance to Amazon's New York headquarters.
"Establishment Democrats ... are completely, I think, out of touch with the base of their party," Ortagus said.
Melissa Francis said Ocasio-Cortez is behaving like a bully in going after people who disagree with her progressive policies.
"It's intolerant," Francis said. "It almost feels like fascism, where if you don't believe what I believe, you're wrong. And everyone has to think alike."
Watch the "Outnumbered" discussion above, and see more reaction to Ocasio-Cortez's reported warning to her party from Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) below.