Ocasio-Cortez Attacks Democrat Thinking He’s a Republican
AOC makes embarrassing blunder with tweet blasting Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth
In yet another embarrassing blunder by celebrity freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the controversial lawmaker attacked one of her fellow Democrats, mistakenly accusing him of being an "older male member" of the Republican Party.
Ocasio-Cortez attempted to attack the Republicans in one of her infamous Twitter blasts, not realizing that her target was Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth.
AOC was responding to a picture of Kentucky Democrat Yarmuth standing next to a cardboard cutout of the New York lawmaker.
"GOP: Let's pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators," she tweeted in response to a tweet that included the photo of Yarmuth that was posted by the Republican Party of Kentucky.
However, the "GOP" politician pictured was Democratic Chair of the House Budget Committee John Yarmuth and not a Republican as she claimed.
Following an instant backlash, Ocasio-Cortez later deleted the tweet but widespread ridicule quickly ensued as critics pointed out the gaffe on Twitter.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) thinks Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is a Republican member of Congress.— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 25, 2019
It literally says in the tweet that she is quoting that Yarmuth is a Democrat.
AOC doesn't even know who her Democrat colleagues in Congress are, how embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/p9mxv2qwxw
In this tweet, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shows she has no idea who John Yarmuth even is.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 25, 2019
He's a Kentucky Democrat who just happens to be the Chair of the House Budget Committee.
Major yikes. pic.twitter.com/nc9GmOEEJr
1st grade readers are in fact the worst. pic.twitter.com/pOBZ07loeG— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 25, 2019
"It literally says in the tweet that she is quoting that Yarmuth is a Democrat," Daily Wire writer Ryan Saavedra tweeted.
"1st grade readers are in fact the worst," Matt Whitlock, a senior advisor to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted.
He was knocking Ocasio-Cortez for one of her earlier tweets in which she called pundits "first graders" for apparently misinterpreting her comments on voting rights for prisoners.
While appearing in a video with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., she enthusiastically declared that she would turn a Kansas house seat "red" — the color often representing the Republican Party.
In 2018, she also faced criticism after she suggested that the government could pay for a large portion of Medicare-for-all by transferring "$21 trillion" in Pentagon "financial transactions" — a claim that fact checkers disputed.
Ocasio-Cortez has been portrayed as one of the leaders of the progressive wing in the Democratic Party.
She, along with Sanders, has received intense criticism for policy proposals like the "Green New Deal."