Twitter had to set a conservative reporter straight after he mocked Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for wearing a jacket and coat that “don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
Eddie Scarry, a journalist for the Washington Examiner, sent off the sarcastic tweet after he’d been sent a photo of the young congresswoman walking with her back to whoever took the photo.
“Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” he tweeted. “ I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
Conservative media has been closely watching the New York congresswoman ever since she shared a moment of transparency with The New York Times about her ability to afford to move to Washington D.C.
She said “her new job will be “very unusual, because I can’t really take a salary. I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress. So, how do I get an apartment?”
Cortez-Ocasio responded to Scarry’s tweet with one of her own, saying that she’d be judged no matter she wore.
“If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside.
If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside.”
She added: “Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing.”
After much of the backlash — and a ton of memes —-Scarry took down offending tweet. He explained in another tweet that his comment was taken out of context.
“I posted a tweet earlier suggesting the incoming congresswoman looked well put together — ELEGANT even — despite suggestions she’s struggled. The tweet was taken as something else, so I’ve deleted it!”