Political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset victory over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district should send a message to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — the Democratic Party is changing and you either embrace the change or step aside. That starts the party leaders stop tip-toeing around Donald Trump. He’s toxic and should be treated as such.

Pelosi and Schumer threw Rep. Maxine Waters under a bus for encouraging Americans to engage in civil protests against Donald Trump’s cabinet members and his staff. At no time did she advocate violence against any on these people but what did Pelosi and Schumer do? They caved to Donald Trump. A man who engages in the vilest levels of incivility and peddles racism. He is literally holding babies and young children hostage in baby jails but yet Maxine Waters is the one Democratic leaders are throwing under a bus?

Most millennials are staunchly anti-Trump because there is plenty to hate about this man. Where he stands on the issues that confront a majority of Americans is where the Democrats need to hit him hard — healthcare, voting rights, immigration, jobs, etc.

Ocasio-Cortez didn’t just eke out a win. Nope. She won by double digits. Joe Crowley, who previously ran unopposed, didn’t bother showing up for a debate. She is the face of the 14th congressional district that is 50 percent Hispanic. She won as a Democratic Socialist, who is anti-Trump, calls for abolishing ICE, among other key issues.