Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter Sunday to condemn Republicans’ “drooling” over footage of her intended to catch her make a mistake so that they can criticize her missteps.
Her remarks came in response to an Ohio state lawmaker attacking her for saying “chamber of government.”
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
She has been the GOP’s target since the summer when she defeated incumbent Representative Joe Crowley. During a live stream earlier in the day, Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” said 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.”
The representative was previously criticized for an outfit she wore. Journalist Ed Scarry then tweeted that it didn’t look like an outfit someone who “struggles” would have, referring to her claims to a working-class background. His statement immediately faced backlash by Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters.
She herself responded to his criticism saying, “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.”
Fox News hosts recently made jokes about Ocasio-Cortez’ claim that she couldn’t afford an apartment in Washington, DC and would have to wait for her congressional salary in order to do so. She immediately responded to that criticism as well, tearing into the network’s hosts for “gleefully” cracking jokes about her finances and saying that the hosts’ comments revealed their thoughts about working-class people.