Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was expected to draw a lot of attention this week during orientation for incoming congressional freshmen, and draw attention she has. It began on day one, when the 29-year-old from the Bronx joined young climate activists in a protest at the office of Nancy Pelosi. The latest flare-up involves a since-deleted tweet about her clothes from a conservative reporter, reports USA Today. Details:
- The tweet: Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry tweeted an image of the lawmaker Thursday. "Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now," he wrote. "I'll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles." (Ocasio-Cortez had recently talked about the difficulty of affording rent in DC.) You can see a screenshot of the post in this tweet from Soledad O'Brien, one of many who came to Ocasio-Cortez's defense.
- The backlash: It came quickly, with critics accusing Scarry of sexism and worse, and not just from the left. "Don't like how some bitter obsessed Republican fashion policemen are stalking @Ocasio2018," wrote Geraldo Rivera of Fox News. "It's creepy." To Scarry (unnamed), he added: "The embattled GOP needs you like a toothache." Dictionary.com needled Scarry for his reference to the lawmaker as a "girl" and provided the proper definition of the term.