Ocasio-Cortez led closed-door crackdown on moderate House Democrats

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

New York's freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Cohen about how Trump allegedly deliberatively deflated the value of his assets in order to lower his real estate tax bill.

House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans "on a list" for a primary challenge.

Democratic leaders are considering changing House rules to make it harder for Republicans to spring surprise procedural votes on the majority after several embarrassing incidents on the floor in recent weeks.

Morgan Ortagus said Ocasio-Cortez may not have the most political power in the Democratic Party, but she resonates emotionally with the base, noting that the NY congresswoman was able to garner support for her "utterly ridiculous" Green New Deal proposal, in addition to spearheading the resistance to Amazon's NY headquarters.

However, 26 moderate Democrats voted for a last-minute provision from Republicans that would require U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be notified should an illegal immigrant attempt to buy a weapon.

One moderate Democrat, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico, reportedly grew emotional as she responded angrily to the threat by Ocasio-Cortez.

But Ocasio-Cortez reportedly took it a step further.

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"She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they're going to want a list of names and she's going to give it to them", Mr. Trent said, referring to ICE.

On "Outnumbered" Friday, former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein noted that the pro-business New Democratic Coalition is much bigger than the progressive caucus or any Democratic House caucus.

Many lawmakers disagreed with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez's position, saying they serve people, not a party.

Her star status and outsize influence bringing Democrats on board with controversial policies like the Green New Deal have rankled some long-time members.

Hudson continued, "You had Ocasio-Cortez, who actually voted yes then switched to no then switched back to present then switch back to yes".

The gun bill on the floor earlier this week would expand the scope of background checks and require almost all gun buyers to undergo one - including if they bought at a gun show, online or in a private transaction.

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