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Pelosi on Ocasio-Cortez’s win: They made a choice in 1 district

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Joe Crowley, who was potentially in line to replace Pelosi, lost his primary to newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ed Henry has the story for ‘Special Report.’

Joe Crowley, who was potentially in line to replace Pelosi, lost his primary to newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ed Henry has the story for ‘Special Report.’

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., on Wednesday appeared to downplay the ramifications of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory in New York’s 14th District, saying voters went for the left-of-left candidate in one district and does not represent the seismic shift presented in the media.

“The fact that in a very progressive district in New York, it went more progressive—and (Rep.) Joe Crowley is a progressive—but to the left of Joe Crowley is about that district,” Pelosi said. “It is not to be viewed as something that stands for everything else.”

Crowley’s loss to a Democratic socialist was considered a shocking defeat. He’d been expected to be in the consideration for next speaker if Democrats retook the House in the November midterms.

President Trump on Wednesday told a rally in Fargo, North Dakota, that one of his “biggest critics, a slovenly man, Joe Crowley, got his ass kicked by a young woman who had a lot of energy.”

Trump appeared pleased with Tuesday night’s primary results and appears dead set on promoting Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., as the face of the Democratic Party.

Pelosi was asked Wednesday about the Republican notion that socialism was afoot in her party and she denied the theory.

“It’s ascendent in that district perhaps. But I don’t accept any characterization of our party presented by the Republicans. So let me reject that right now. Our party is a big tent, our districts are very different, one from the other,” she said.

Among Ocasio-Cortez’s issues she ran on were expanding the Medicare program to people of all ages and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“We beat a machine with a movement, and that is what we have done today,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Working-class Americans want a clear champion and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.”

The New York Times’ editorial page said that Ocasio-Cortez’s victory “is a vivid sign of the changing of the guard.”

“What remains to be seen, though, is whether Democratic leaders will embrace these newcomers or see them as a threat,” the paper wrote.  “That may determine whether Democrats are able to take back the House of Representatives in November.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

Edmund DeMarche is a news editor for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.