“If you were a female candidate, maybe you’d be called ‘unlikeable,’ ‘crazy,’ or ‘uninformed.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., does not take criticism well. She takes it personally.
Her latest outburst was triggered by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fl., who had minutes earlier mocked her as part of a Twitter takedown of the Democratic Party.
Responding to a proposal by presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to create a federal gun registry, Scott warned that the Democrats are “officially the @BernieSanders Party.” He joked that Americans might soon be forced to register “sharp knives.”
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Then, Scott came for Ocasio-Cortez, saying: “Maybe @AOC will make us register every time we buy meat as part of her #GreenNewDeal.”
The Democrats are officially the @BernieSanders Party. They want America to be less prosperous and less free. (2/2)
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) May 6, 2019
The Green New Deal would require livestock production to be slashed as part of a massive expansion of government. And a now-deleted frequently asked questions section of the proposal posted to Ocasio-Cortez’s website included a call to “eliminate emissions from cows or air travel.”
However, the Green New Deal does not actually propose a meat registry. Ocasio-Cortez could have simply pointed out this fact, in keeping with her past exhortations for America to refocus on “policies instead of personality.”
But instead she unleashed a feminist tirade against Scott, whom she called “embarrassing” to the Senate.
“If you were a female candidate, maybe you’d be called ‘unlikeable,’ ‘crazy,’ or ‘uninformed,'” Ocasio-Cortez complained. “But since you’re not, this inadequacy is accepted as normal.”
That a sitting US Senator can say something lacking so much critical thinking + honesty is embarrassing to the institution.
If you were a female candidate, maybe you’d be called “unlikeable,” “crazy,” or “uninformed.”
But since you’re not, this inadequacy is accepted as normal. https://t.co/KLkaYxfT6K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 6, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly played the woman card in the past. And the Latino one, and the working-class one, and the Jewish one. The freshman congresswoman’s fondness for identity politics may help explain her plummeting approval rating in a nation exhausted by tribalism.
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