Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shocked the nation with her Democratic primary victory over Joe Crowley, who has been a Congressman since Smash Mouth first hit the radio and was presumed to be on track to replace Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader.
The 28-year-old congressional nominee is a rising star in the left side of politics and, on a much more basic level, she is a human woman of Puerto Rican descent.
These simple facts apparently were entirely lost on Republican Ron DeSantis of Florida, who referred to her at a fundraising event as:
“this girl Ocasio-Cortez, or whatever she is”
DeSantis’ inability to determine the basic noun composing “whatever” Ocasio-Cortez is seems worrying for a man seeking the Republican nomination for the Governor of Florida.
Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in hitting back directly on Twitter.
Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to “whatever I am.”
I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‘s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María.
But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments! https://t.co/xJlroSe5Hs
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 23, 2018
While Ocasio-Cortez dialed in on the ‘what’ element of DeSantis’ comments, others were more offended by the infantilizing misogyny of his remarks:
— US Rep Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle) July 24, 2018
This ‘girl or whoever she is’ is my future colleague from Queens who will serve with me in Congress where men make up over 80% of the body. And we’re working to elect more women so we don’t have to put up with comments and attitudes like this.@Ocasio2018 https://t.co/de5ksLqWj8
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) July 24, 2018
Wow. Florida GOP frontrunner candidate for governor makes a gross, sexist attack on @Ocasio2018.
She hasn't even set foot in office yet and already she's incredibly effective at getting these assholes to rip off their masks. https://t.co/kSyFtVGsLq
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) July 23, 2018
Tough-guy politics dictate that you demean and belittle your political opponents.
Uncreative tough-guy politicians might offer a dollop of ageism in there when there is barely a ten-year-difference between the two.
Rep Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who is running for Gov, on Saturday referred to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a NY Democratic congressional nominee, as “this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is.” Ocasio-Cortez is 28 and DeSantos is 39. https://t.co/qBiHFnRuPZ
— Greg Sarafan, Esq (@GSarafan) July 23, 2018
Naturally, Ocasio-Cortez’ supporters saw her clapback as the epic takedown that it was.
Florida Burn Units:
Orlando Regional Medical Center—Burn / Tissue Rehab Unit
Tampa General Hospital—Tampa Bay Regional Burn Center
University of Florida—Shands Burn Center
University of Miami—Jackson Memorial Burn Center
Kendall Regional Medical Center—Burn and Reconstructive
— DavidNoahG (@amadeusrobot) July 24, 2018
— Garrick McFadden (@electgarrick) July 23, 2018
— Sam (@OogaChaaka) July 24, 2018
— JuanLove (@ibejac) July 24, 2018
Epic takedowns can be quite the asset for elected officials, Ocasio-Cortez is already showing she has the chops for when she goes to Washington.