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.