"With all respect", he told FOX Business' Neil Cavuto on Thursday, "I certainly hope she's not the future and I don't believe she is".
The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez retweeted the 76-year-old's sentiment with a four-word rejoinder: 'New party, who dis?'
Instead of letting the article go unmentioned, Ocasio-Cortez invoked a quote by the comic book protagonist Rorschach, created by Alan Moore.
"New party, who dis?" Millennials often use such a response to avoid unwanted conversations through text messages by pretending they have no idea who is trying to them.
"Ocasio-Cortez's desired "living wage" of $15 an hour has been a living hell for many small business owners in NY, who've been unable to offset the cost through higher prices", Employment Policies Institute Managing Director Michael Saltsman said in response to the closure.
Although she often has come under scrutiny for failing to consider the cost of her promises, Ocasio-Cortez nonetheless has prided herself on her generosity. Ocasio-Cortez shared with her more than 2 million Twitter followers that she'd vote against a Democratic rules package. "More, please", a Republican Senate aide told DailyMail. 'Honestly, if the Democrats had 3 more of her, Americans would run away so fast that we'd have a power monopoly until she's Lieberman's age'.
And she is expected to loudly advocate for Democratic primary campaigns against some of the middle-of-the-road members of her own party in Congress.
House Democrats were also annoyed that Ocasio-Cortez sought a seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee - on which veteran lawmakers typically serve - with a grassroots campaign to pressure Speaker Nancy Pelosi to add her to the panel, Politico reported, adding that Ocasio-Cortez's office denied being behind the effort. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), a senior Financial Services Committee lawmaker "Time will tell, and this one term will tell us a lot about her abilities as a legislator".