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Rep.-elect Ocasio-Cortez fires back on Twitter after being called a ‘shiny new object’

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 12: Congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stands with Zephyr Teachout after endorsing her for New York City Public Advocate on July 12, 2018 in New York City. The two liberal candidates held the news conference in front of the Wall Street bull in a show of standing up to corporate money. Ocasio-Cortez shocked the Democratic political community recently after an upset win against Representative Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primary. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

On Saturday, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) fired back at outgoing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), launching into a Twitter thread that called out McCaskill for word choices that rang a little too close to Republicanisms.

Where did this start? Before we get into Ocascio-Cortez’s response, let’s review the interview between CNN and McCaskill that started the whole situation.

In an exit interview with CNN this past week, McCaskill (who lost her re-election bid to Trump-supported Republican Josh Hawley this November) gave some…interesting comments about Ocascio-Cortez (and the progressive left in general), including the following:

“I’m a little confused why she’s the thing. But it’s a good example of what I’m talking about — a bright shiny new object, came out of nowhere and surprised people when she beat a very experienced congressman.”

Right off the bat, policy aside, describing a woman as an “object” or a “thing” both reek of misogyny, no matter the gender identity of the person saying it.


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