Already facing unbridled scrutiny from Republicans who claim she’s too inexperienced for public office, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in the history of the United States, responded to an Ohio state lawmaker who criticized her for using the term “chamber of government” during a livestream on Sunday.
— Rep. Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) November 19, 2018
“Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-[time], they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make: that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare,” she fired back in response.
Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd, they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make:
that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare. https://t.co/fMOijEa7tF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 19, 2018
In the live-stream referenced, which was recorded earlier that day, Ocasio-Cortez emphasized that Democrats should “work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress — rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate and the House.”
This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez’s person has been attacked—either from her words or even just her mere existence. Washington Examiner journalist Eddie Scarry tweeted out a photo of a snazzily-dressed Ocasio-Cortez, noting that “that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
The comment came after the congresswoman, who has been honest about her financial struggles, shared that she wouldn’t be able to afford rent in Washington D.C. until she begins getting her congressional salary in January.
Even then, Ocasio-Cortez was quick to call it as it is.
Oh, does @eScarry think he can delete his misogyny without an apology?
I don’t think so. You’re a journalist – readers should know your bias. pic.twitter.com/2KJuiPsUR2
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 16, 2018
“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. Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing,” she tweeted.
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