Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ripped former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) for claiming in the wake of this week’s election that the Democratic Party is leaving voters behind.
During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday, McCaskill said that the Republican Party has picked up voters while Democrats focus on social issues.
“Whether you are talking guns or … abortion … or gay marriage and rights for ‘transsexuals’ and other people who we as a party ‘look after’ and make sure they are treated fairly. As we circled the issues, we left some voters behind and Republicans dove in with a vengeance and grabbed those voters,” she said.
“So, we’ve got to get back to the ‘meat and potatoes’ issues and the issues where we’re taking care of their families, and we also need to stop acting like we’re smarter than everybody else, because we’re not,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter, asking: “Why do we listen to people who lost elections as if they are experts in winning elections?”
McCaskill apologized for her comments on Thursday after drawing backlash for using the word “transsexuals” to refer to transgender people.
“Our party should never leave behind our fight 4 equality for trans people or anyone else who has been marginalized by hate. My record reflects that,” she tweeted.