- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Axios CEO and co-founder Jim VandeHei on Monday after he called her “the Donald Trump of the Democratic Party.”

Mr. VandeHei, the former executive editor and co-founder of Politico, made the comparison on Axios’ weekly HBO show, which The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern called “crazy nonsense” on Twitter.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez agreed with Mr. Stern’s characterization, responding that Mr. VandeHei was “almost a full year late” to joining others on the “lazy” take.

“Yikes. The CEO of a news media company is almost a *full year late* to one of the laziest takes of 2018,” the New York congresswoman wrote. “Begs the question: what else is he behind on and wrong about?”

On Sunday’s show, Mr. VandeHei argued that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez‘s ability to embody “extremism and activism” does her a service in today’s political climate.

“Two big strands in American politics are extremism and activism, and nobody ties them together more effectively than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” he said, Business Insider reported. “She is the Donald Trump of the Democratic Party. People either love her or hate her, almost no one shrugs and feels ambivalent about her.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has acknowledged in the past that “there are similarities” between her and the Republican president in their ability to fire up supporters through social media, but “that’s it.”

“People who succeed in social media follow similar tenets,” she said in February. “In order to resonate with people, you have to tell them what you mean, you have to be willing to make mistakes, you have to be willing to be vulnerable and learn as you go.”

“Aside from that, I think it’s an irresponsible comparison given the fact that he’s actively trying to assert mythology and hurt immigrants, and we’re trying to advance a progressive agenda, single-payer health care and a living wage,” she said at the time.

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