Watch An NRA Vlogger Lose His Mind Over 'Dangerous' Ocasio-Cortez Victory

Watch An NRA Vlogger Lose His Mind Over 'Dangerous' Ocasio-Cortez Victory

Ocasio-Cortez, however, has an important trick up her sleeve: she understands and connects with the constituents she is running to represent.

Asked Wednesday whether Crowley's exit could create an opening for someone to challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Cleaver said that opening was already there.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe", Ocasio-Cortez explained that her campaign was devoted to delivering a "laser-focused message of economic, social, and racial dignity for working-class Americans". That Ocasio-Cortez won on the turf of the Queens Democratic Party, among the state's most entrenched party operations, could spell a death knell for the state machine. Nonetheless, Ocasio-Cortez took a lead out of the gate and won by a 57-42 landslide.

Even as Ocasio-Cortez ran defiantly to his left - with universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee and the abolition of ICE headlining her demands - Crowley touted a formidable liberal record of his own.

"I think I was primarily compelled on moral grounds, because I could only imagine if 60 people were shot and killed in Ferguson or if 60 people were shot and killed in the West Virginia teacher strikes", Ocasio-Cortez said. But it's only in a year like this one when those factors are sufficient to bring a 28-year-old first-time candidate such as Ocasio-Cortez to victory.

Newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't have name recognition in politics or financial backing from Washington, but her grassroots organizing earned her a big win nonetheless.

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Many voters, particularly young people, understand the time for incrementalism and moderation is long over, and ended for good when a race-baiter who empowers white supremacists and oligarchs stormed into the White House.

The victory is remarkable on many levels-not only has Crowley has run unopposed in party primaries for the past 14 years, but he was largely expected to take on a greater role in future party leadership, including a possible tenure as Speaker of the House. She raised only $200,000 during her campaign, compared to $3 million that Crowley drummed up. Crowley, and Irish-American party organization man (he is chairman of the Queens Democratic Party), is like a holdover from a different era of NY politics. "With my campaign, in terms of immigration, we're trying to say, 'Hey, we've got your back'". And Cathy- Yeah, I think that in the past few years, there's been a lot of talk on Or while we are just focusing on the fashion on the red carpet, these people are involved in really meaningful projects.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez agreed that lawmakers "absolutely do need" to secure borders and ensure "people are safe in passage", but that ICE should not be a part of that.

Crowley had sent Annabel Palma, a former city councilwoman, to take his place, even though she occasionally confessed not to know Crowleys positions on issues in front of Congress.

Ben Wikler, the Washington director of MoveOn, America's largest independent online political group, said Ocasio-Cortez triggered an quake.