Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman elected to Congress, hit back at the House Republicans who booed her when she voted for Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be speaker.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, was elected representative for New York’s 14th district in the November midterms after the democratic socialist defeated 10-term Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley in a huge political upset.
She was sworn in on Thursday and threw her backing behind Pelosi. After she rose to voice her support for Pelosi to be speaker, some GOP members booed and groaned, treatment her other Democrat colleagues did not receive.
“Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me,” Ocasio-Cortez later wrote on Twitter. “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.”
Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me.
Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas __♀️ https://t.co/kLor9A0TWa
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) 4 January 2019
The young Congresswoman has spoken out about facing sexism and racism in her early days on the Hill before her official swearing in. She said Democrat officials guided her towards a spouse event instead of the main reception for newly elected representatives, mistaking her for the wife of an incoming Congressman.
Her popularity, prominence, and left-wing policy platform, which includes Medicare for all, tuition-free college, and the abolition of ICE, makes Ocasio-Cortez a lightning rod for criticism from the right, such as Fox News and the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
She previously shot down a reporter for The Washington Examiner who posted to Twitter a sneaked photo of her from behind in the hallways of Congress and made comments about her clothes.
“Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” tweeted the reporter, Eddie Scarry. “I’ll tell you something: That jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
Ocasio-Cortez has talked about her working-class background in the Bronx and said she could not afford to rent an apartment in Washington, D.C., until her congressional salary started.
“If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter in response to Scarry’s tweet.
“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.”
Ocasio-Cortez has lashed out at what she said are “double standards” in how she is viewed compared with the former Speaker Paul Ryan, who just quit Congress.
“Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.