Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) came to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAttorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury How language is bringing down Donald Trump Highest-circulation Kentucky newspaper endorses Charles Booker in Senate race MORE’s defense on Thursday night after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE called the New York Democrat a “wack job” on Twitter.

“It’s going to be a real pleasure defeating you,” Sanders tweeted in response to Trump’s post.

Ocasio-Cortez also responded to Trump’s tweet, writing “better than being a criminal who betrays our country,” an apparent reference to his call asking Ukraine’s president to investigate leading Democratic presidential contender Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.


Trump made his comment after a woman attending an Ocasio-Cortez town hall said that the lawmaker’s support of the Green New Deal was not enough and that she should campaign on “eating babies.”

The progressive Democrat tweeted about the woman, saying, “I was concerned there was a woman in crisis & want to ensure we treat the situation compassionately.”

“This person may have been suffering from a mental condition and it’s not okay that the right-wing is mocking her and potentially make her condition or crisis worse. Be a decent human being and knock it off,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders have been close allies, and two have worked together on a few pieces of legislation.

Sanders and Biden are among more than a dozen people competing for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. 

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