Another man tried delegitimizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and ended up getting both brutally ratio’d and beautifully meme’d.
Eddie Scarry, a media reporter for the Washington Examiner, tweeted a photo taken from behind the newly elected Democratic representative and wrote, “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
His smug attempt wasn’t received well by a majority of Twitter users.
In a New York Times interview last week, Ocasio-Cortez admitted that since she won’t receive a salary until she’s inaugurated into Congress in January, she can’t afford an apartment in Washington, D.C. yet.
“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she later tweeted.
Although many Americans supported her on social media, older conservatives have been ridiculing her and trying to poke holes in her claim. Fox News reported that she had “at least” $15,000 in savings, and then joked about her pricey clothing during a segment.
Scarry’s absurd tweet — aside from being wildly invasive, because who even takes pictures of people just walking through their workplace? — became a copypasta as Twitter users paired his claim with hilarious photos.
Other Twitter users pointed out how unnecessary Scarry’s tweet was. Just because she has a sense of style doesn’t mean Ocasio-Cortez has stacks!
Is this what passes for reporting now?
In a recent interview she actually said she got a Rent the Runway subscription as a gift. (It retails for $139 a month.)
I look forward to your important journalistic updates on what the incoming male members are sporting. 🙄 https://t.co/7tOpDugYHc
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) November 15, 2018
WHERE IS HER CAN OF BEANS ROASTING OVER AN OPEN TRASH CAN FIRE IN A TRAIN DEPOT?
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) November 15, 2018
Among the many things wrong with this tweet — like calling an elected official a “girl,” for example — I find myself most fascinated by the idea that you can determine the worth of a very basic set of clothing and use that to judge someone’s wealth. https://t.co/CbU3IWS3uj
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) November 15, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez, however, chose to take the high road. In a quote tweet, she reminded her followers of the double standard women in politics face.
“Dark hates light,” she tweeted. “That’s why you tune it out.”
If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside.
If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside.
Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out.
Shine bright & keep it pushing.✨ https://t.co/mRq5wn0v9A
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 15, 2018
And while we’re all here, can we stop referring to grown women as “girls?” Thanks.