Freshman Democrat Ocasio-Cortez says cutting aid to Israel 'on the table'

In an interview Sunday with the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery", the New York Democrat said she suspended her personal Facebook account and was scaling back on all social media, which she described as a "public health risk" because it can lead to "increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, escapism".

Fox has talked about Ocasio-Cortez's advocacy for a Green New Deal, called her a hypocrite for using cars and has fed off her social media pronouncements.

Scaramucci said New Yorkers are getting tiring of Ocasio-Cortez following her role in Amazon pulling their headquarters from Queens, and that she will be challenged during the next election.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Thursday night that criticism of her and Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has become "an incitement of violence against progressive women of color".

"I believe absolutely in Israel's right to exist", she has said. "As an American Jew, I can tell you there's nothing more hurtful to us than having us linked to money and saying that all we care about is money-that's the Holy Grail when it comes to insulting Jews". I think that, if a window opens and I feel like I can do well, and do better, and offer more to people, then I would consider it. Ocasio-Cortez said USA policy toward Israel should be affected by the proposed annexation, and there are "conversations happening in our caucus". But I think it has a lot of effects on older people. "We apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez for the use of unacceptable language in this email, and we do not approve of the message conveyed". "I grew up with that Yankees dream team, like, [Derek] Jeter, [Jorge] Posada, like, Mariano Rivera", she said.

The New York congresswoman is a rising star in the Democratic Party and a frequent target for Republicans for her liberal views.

Ocasio-Cortez is one of a number of freshman lawmakers who have questioned traditional Democratic support for Israel.

Ocasio-Cortez said while she had started to "impose little rules" about her social media use - like curtailing her consumption of content on weekends - she still writes her own Twitter and Instagram posts, both platforms where her followers exceed 3 million people.

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