Rep. Doug Collins Friday called a warning from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Democrats backing a GOP amendment to a gun background check "amazing" because he didn't know she'd already risen to a place where she can threaten people who don't follow her party's line, and accused her of being a "star on flash."
"I didn't know she was co-speaker with Nancy Pelosi," the Georgia Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "She has risen to the rank of threatening people who don't follow the party line or her agenda. When I first went to Congress, I was always told I was representing the district in which I came from; those are the only people who cast votes for me."
Such actions also indicate that the Democratic party is "completely fractured," said Collins, and he thinks Ocasio-Cortez' rise to power in such a short time shows that it is "more about the appearance and flash than it is the substance."
"I have no problem with her doing whatever she wants to does as far as reaching out on Instagram or Twitter," said Collins. "What bothers me is what she is advocating for. The Green New Deal, which is unworkable. It also affects me when I start looking at the socialist end of this and ask New York City how they're feeling now about having jobs left from Amazon."
He added that he has a problem with many of Ocasio-Cortez' other policies.
"She can be a star all she wants to be," said Collins. "In our party, I would rather be a star on policy than a star on flash."
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