Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned her colleagues they'd wind up 'on a list' if they vote with Republicans.
Some of her colleagues interpreted the comment as a threat that she'd support efforts to oust them from Congress, news outlets reported on Friday.
The New York congresswoman who unseated a Democrat herself to win a seat in Congress told ahttps://twitter.com/AOC/status/1101531086553837569that her remarks during a private caucus were not meant to be an electoral threat, however.
Ocasio-Cortez says she was referring to the 'crush' of calls members would receive from progressives and the protesters they could expect in their office.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez warned her colleagues they'd wind up 'on a list' if they vote with Republicans
The New York congresswoman who unseated a Democrat herself to win a seat in Congress told a New York Daily News reporter that her remarks during a private caucus were not meant to be an electoral threat
Ocasio-Cortez's spokesman initially refuted the claim that the lawmaker was threatening primary challenges, telling the New York Daily News: 'They’re putting themselves on a list for Republicans and progressive activists to target.
Sources framed AOC's comments to the The Washington Post the same way that they appeared in the NY Daily News, however -- as a warning that she'll go after their jobs if they don't buy into her brand of politics.
Spokesman Corbin Trent admitted to The Post that Ocasio-Cortez said she would name names when activists ask who the holdout votes were on bills that enacting progressive polices.
'She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,' Trent said.
The congresswoman said in a series of tweets, in which she personally disputed the nature of her comments, that she was not referring to challenges to her colleagues' congressional seats.
'I didn’t say that they were putting themselves on a list for primaries. I said that by Dems distinguishing themselves by breaking off on procedural MTR votes, they were inadvertently making a list of targets for the GOP