Elise Stefanik was singled out by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday for “supporting neo-Nazism,” according to Ocasio-Cortez, Newsweek reported.
On Twitter, Democratic congresswoman from New York Ocasio-Cortez blasted her conservative colleague. As the youngest person ever elected to Congress, Ocasio-Cortez allegedly ousted Stefanik in a New York Times piece that was screenshotted for her tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez “had not shown her the respect she believed was her due,” the story stated, adding that Stefanik was “annoyed” by this.
“What is it with people randomly blaming the mere existence of others for their own descent into embracing neo-nazism? Like girl you did that all on your own,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday, referencing Stefanik. “Unless her suggestion here is she started endorsing great replacement theory because she couldn’t treat me like the help.”
Some white nationalists promote the “great replacement theory,” which holds that immigrants and other minorities are being used as a cover for a scheme to exterminate white people. They assert that the ultimate goal is to undermine both the political influence of the nation and of Western civilization as a whole.
Even after the May mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, Stefanik has been accused by detractors of repeating some of the theory’s premises. The shooter, who claimed responsibility for the massacre that resulted in the deaths of 10 Black people, apparently invoked the great replacement hypothesis.
Stefanik was re-elected as the head of the House Republican Conference last month despite such critics.
Stefanik, a staunch Republican, was one of many who contested President Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. She is a fervent admirer of former President Donald Trump and questioned the official account of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
Congress members other than Ocasio-Cortez have also recently denounced Stefanik.
On Friday, Illinois Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger tweeted his disapproval of the GOP lawmaker. He inquired as to whether Stefanik had addressed the problem involving the troubled New York Representative-elect George Santos, who is under fire for having misrepresented various facts about his personal and professional lives.
The banner announcing Stefanik’s sponsorship of Santos is still visible on his Twitter feed.
Ocasio-Cortez has previously denounced neo-Nazism.
She criticized Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz for his “excusal and denial of” the “Neo-Nazi presence” in the riot that occurred soon after the Capitol attack over two years ago.
In the wake of the uprising, Biden came under fire from Cruz for making similarities to the Nazi Party. Cruz had suffered flak for spreading untruths about the 2020 presidential race.
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