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.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 23, 2018
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
While Ocasio-Cortez dialed in on the 'what' element of DeSantis' comments, others were more offended by the infantilizing misogyny of his remarks:
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
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.
Naturally, Ocasio-Cortez' supporters saw her clapback as the epic takedown that it was.
Florida Burn Units:— DavidNoahG (@amadeusrobot) July 24, 2018
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