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AOC vs. Sorkin

After West Wing producer and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin lectured the bold freshman class of congressional Democrats to "stop acting like young people" in a CNN interview on Sunday - remarks that were quickly interpreted as a call to move right - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded that the progressive policies championed by young Democrats aren't mere "trends" with no real-world consequences.

Sorkin went on to tell CNN's Fareed Zakaria that he believes "there's a great opportunity here, now more than ever, for Democrats to be the non-stupid party. To point out the difference, that it's not just about transgender bathrooms" and that Democrats should show the country that "we haven't forgotten about the economic anxiety of the middle class," which is nice, but seems to reinforce the debunked notion that Trump voters are economically anxious instead of racist.

Sorkin's unsolicited advice to young congressional Democrats - who, in just a short period of time, have helped push bold solutions like a Green New Deal and a 70 percent tax rate into mainstream political discussion - was widely panned by progressives, who characterized the screenwriter's comments as a sad attempt to shoot down the party's surging left-wing energy.

Charlotte Clymer of the Human Rights Campaign added:

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