Politically they align on most things. Both want Medicare for all, both want money out of politics, want to raise the marginal tax rate for the rich, both want tuition free college, both want a new green deal, both want to raise the minimum wage, both opposed Paygo, and so on. I like Sanders much more because he's been there and done that. He was the one who started all this. Because of him, minimum wage has been raised in several states, medicare for all is now on the table and student debt is part of the public conversation. He's a great man. AOC panders more to the minorities, and I don't care a single bit about identity politics. Neither from the right nor the left. She's also very green and has said some stupid shit. With that, looking at policies and what she's voting for, I respect a lot of the work she's doing. She can reach out to people that Sanders can't, and she was responsible for getting the discussion about marginal tax rates out there. Her 70% was initially scoffed at, but it has been at that level for decades before. There's nothing radical about it. This clip is pretty much spot on in that regard: As for why people are going crazy? In part, she says some dumb things sometimes, and she's also actively trolling the republicans on social media. She doesn't back down and she's learning pretty fast. Also, she's a hispanic women and she's young, which conservatives can't stand. Goes back to the identity politics thing. Bottom line, I don't give a shit about all that other stuff, I care about issues and voting records. I agree with her politics most of the time, as well as Sanders. Neither of them take PAC money and they are running for the people and middle class. Away with the neoliberal and corrupt corporate pupputs on either side.