Sharpton went to Ocasio-Cortez's office on Thursday and effusively tweeted about his visit, even sharing a video of the two of them dancing.
Strikingly, the scene from the comic book series from which the quote is taken occurs in a prison cafeteria-a potentially provocative, though perhaps fluid, metaphor for what Congress has become to many lawmakers. She's pro-labor, pro-equality, supports taxing the ultra-rich to pay for vital government programs and infrastructure, and champions the working class and minorities.
Ocasio-Cortez was denied a seat on the influential Ways and Means committee this week despite a public pressure campaign launched by progressive advocacy groups.
Veteran Democratic members suspected Ocasio-Cortez was behind a siable online campaign to convince Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give her the plum appointment.
Her rise has stirred a backlash among some congressional Democrats, who are seeking to constrain her anti-establishment streak and fear her more radical ideas could tar the party as socialist.
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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. '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'. Rank and file are peeved that there's a grassroots movement to try to win her a top committee post they feel she doesn't deserve.
"If you look at the majority of new Democrats in the house, they tend to be, I say, center-left, if they are not left-left", he said.
Some House Democrats aren't convinced. One of them, her new chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti, told supporters during a November conference call that "we gotta primary folks".
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.