Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Republicans who have continued to criticize her after a state lawmaker from Ohio mocked a mistake she made during a video.
Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani (R) mocked Ocasio-Cortez for mistakenly saying “three chambers of government” instead of “three branches of government.” Ocasio-Cortez was arguing for Democrats to take control of as many branches of government during the 2020 election as possible.
In the video, the representative-elect said Democrats needed to “work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress, rather all three chambers of government—the presidency, the Senate, and the House in 2020.”
“What is a chamber of government, @Ocasio2018?” Antani wrote, adding two emojis.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez roasted Antani and other Republicans who have gone after the representative-elect in recent months.
“Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in [real-time], they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make: that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare,” she wrote on Twitter, quote-retweeting Antani’s tweet.
Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd, they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 19, 2018
that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare. https://t.co/fMOijEa7tF
Even Ocasio-Cortez’s correction is still off. There are two chambers of Congress, but three branches of government: the legislative, executive, and judiciary. Prior to the 2018 midterms, Republicans controlled all three. While in the 2020 election, Democrats could flip two of those, taking back the Senate and the presidency, while maintaining their newfound House majority. But the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to lean conservative for the foreseeable future.
Last week a reporter for the Washington Examiner drew the ire of the internet after he posted a photo of the Democratic lawmaker’s clothing and mocking how the “jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles,” referencing her acknowledgment that it would be hard to afford an apartment in Washington D.C.