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Ocasio-Cortez ‘Uncomfortable’ That Conservatives Are Mispronouncing Her Name

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chastised conservative pundits for repeatedly mispronouncing  and suggested that they should “examine” why doing so makes her “uncomfortable in the first place.”

“‘How dare they refuse to say their name in a wrong accent & not mangle their own family name so that I can feel more comfortable instead of look inside myself & examine why something as small as *a person’s name* makes me uncomfortable in the first place?? This is an outrage!'” Ocasio-Cortez said.

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“Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as ‘Cortez,’ which I can only imagine is bc that sounds more ‘stereotypically’ Hispanic + probably incites more ‘anxiety’ for them,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a followup tweet.

“My last name is Ocasio-Cortez. Full stop. That’s my name. No, you can’t say ‘Cortez.’” she said in another tweet. “I’ve never used that in my life. ‘Cortez’ is referring to someone else. Even if they’re trying to be rude + wrong, my dad’s last name was Ocasio anyway.”

The freshman congresswoman was responding to a HuffPost report that claimed Fox News host Laura Ingraham and a guest on her show mocked Ocasio-Cortez for the way she pronounced her name.

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During the program, Ingraham asked attorney Joe diGenova if he had observed that Ocasio-Cortez takes on “that Obama, Obama put on accents” when she introduces herself.

“She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, ’Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez,’” diGenova said at one point during the segment.

Many liberals and Ocasio-Cortez supporters have accused the right of being “obsessed” with the congresswoman. Meanwhile, conservatives have countered by saying that it’s mainstream media outlets that are obsessed with the rising political star, and their commentary is simply a reaction to that phenomenon.

Time Magazine announced Thursday morning that Ocasio-Cortez will appear on the cover of its April 1 edition.

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Cover image: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Twitter)

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