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Ocasio-Cortez Says It’s ‘Great’ to Be Underestimated by Critics

  • Freshman lawmaker emerging as face of new, diverse Democrats
  • Social media following, dramatic primary boost presence
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Alexandria Ocasio-CortezPhotographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her ambitious, progressive policy proposals and sometimes combative presence on social media as risky but worth it, saying it is “great” to be underestimated by her opponents.

In a wide-ranging interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, the youngest woman ever to be sworn into Congress stayed true to form by declaring President Donald Trump a racist and tweaking fellow Democrats who call some of her proposals unrealistic.