Following her victory, Ocasio-Cortez became an overnight celebrity, attracting social media shout-outs from Bette Midler, Mindy Kaling, and Cynthia Nixon, a Democratic candidate for governor.
Ocasio-Cortez said in her campaign video: "I wasn't born to a wealthy or powerful family - mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx".
Ocasio-Cortez returned to the Bronx after graduating college and spent her time there community organizing and working in eduction.
But Cardillo's argument-echoed by places like the Daily Mail-misses something fundamental about Ocasio-Cortez's message. Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America, scored interviews on Meet the Press and the Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and has inspired a whole bunch of op-eds wondering what her lefty campaign portends for the future of the Democratic Party.
Ten progressives endorsed by Our Revolution, the organization spawned by Sen. "She pounded the pavement and she was out there talking to every one of her constituents, and I think that was the difference". According to Corbin Trent, a Justice Democrats co-founder who spent seven weeks working full-time for Ocasio-Cortez, this was the dream all along - one breakthrough candidate who demonstrates that incumbents are beatable.
Democratic House nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez downplayed Sunday her affiliation with democratic socialism, describing it as only "part of what I am".
Since June 26, Trent said, fundraising for Justice Democrats has doubled even though the group was not always mentioned in stories about Ocasio-Cortez. "What we did is we changed who turns out", noting that many Millennials voted for her. Responding to a critic on Twitter who insinuated that Yorktown Heights is nicer than the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez said: "It is nice".
A second tweet called out Cardillo's cheap shot directly: "Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary of how scared you are of the power of all four of those things".
At the same time, Duckworth said she believed if candidates "go too far to the left", they would lose in the Midwest.
She explained why she considers herself a Democratic socialist.