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A Washington Examiner reporter ignited the vitriol of thousands on Twitter when he tweeted a creepy photo Thursday of elected Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and remarked on her clothing.
“Hill staffer sent me this photo of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” Eddie Scarry wrote. “I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
In a matter of minutes, the tweet was ratio’d, which means it gained a much higher number of replies than likes or tweets. By the time of writing, at least 13,000 people had replied to the photo, most to mock or criticize Scarry for commenting on a congresswoman’s outfit under the guise of journalism.
1. @FoxNews, why can’t any of your anchors say my name correctly? It’s been 5 months.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 9, 2018
2. It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis.
3. Never purchased pricey clothes + always told my story. But repeating lies until they are believed is your thing. https://t.co/Py5aXFi3Z4
But Scarry’s tweet goes beyond an illogical criticism of her progressive politics. His post shows a photo Ocasio-Cortez from behind, makes presumptions about her clothing, and refers to the 29-year-old as a “girl.” And as some pointed on Twitter, it’s apparently not the first time Scarry has been known to share inappropriate photos of women’s backsides.
As he tweeted weak defenses, people on Twitter continued blasting Scarry.
Seems to be a mistaken belief that I took this photo. Which is weird given that I said it was sent to me. https://t.co/zbpKMkMNry— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) November 15, 2018
Yes, the only alternative to this attire is a burlap sack, for someone who claims she needs 100K^ to afford an apartment https://t.co/eVjemk5h9r— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) November 15, 2018
Hill staffer sent me this pic of some birds they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that coat don't look like a bird who struggles. pic.twitter.com/cBG0LddiPs— Tinsley (@AgentTinsley) November 15, 2018
Even alt-right personality Mike Cernovich wasn’t onboard with the tweet, advising Scarry to “delete this.”
Delete this. https://t.co/Klzxj5PbTS— Mike Cernovich ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Cernovich) November 15, 2018
Ocasio Cortez also replied, blasting Scarry’s misogyny.
Update 7:43am CT, Nov. 16: Scarry deleted his tweet, and offered a half-hearted apology where he said people misinterpreted his tweet.
ATTN! I posted a tweet earlier suggesting the incoming congresswoman looked well put together -- ELEGANT even -- despite suggestions she’s struggled. The tweet was taken as something else, so I’ve deleted it!— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) November 16, 2018
Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.