CNN has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez's spokesperson for comment.
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.
In the two months since her election, Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid.
Ocasio-Cortez, a first time candidate, delivered a shocking upset a year ago when she ousted 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district.More news: Four foreign tourists among seven dead in Cuban road accident
'The so-called champion of workers, when given her own responsibility, is not following the law...' "You're locked up in here with ME'".
The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), a champion of progressive policies and supposed advocate of the working class, has been fined for not carrying workers' compensation coverage during a period of the campaign previous year.
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.
Some lawmakers with ties to Ocasio-Cortez are hoping to coax her into using her star power to unite Democrats and turn her fire on Republicans.More news: World leaders shun Venezuela as 'dictator' Maduro sworn in
Her new chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, told supporters during a November conference call that 'we gotta primary folks'.
By Friday morning, Lieberman began trending on Twitter as others felt similarly.
Incumbent Democrats are most annoyed by Ocasio-Cortez's threat to back primary opponents against members of their ranks she deems too moderate.
One day, all of these rightwing pundits and centrist politicians are going to look up and shout, "save us", and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will look down and whisper "no".More news: Trump Refutes Reports About Hiding Details of Talks With Putin