AOC slams 'older male GOP member'… who is actually a Democrat working with her
"GOP: Let's pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted sarcastically, linking to a tweet from the Kentucky GOP that showed Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) smiling next to a cutout of herself. Yarmouth is House budget chairman. The same 'House' where Ocasio-Cortez works.
Yarmuth is even a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which Ocasio-Cortez belongs to. She must have seen him last week, when she voted with the rest of the Caucus to block the budget he proposed. While Yarmuth's budget – a compromise with the House Democratic Caucus – increased defense spending to $733 billion, the highest military budget in American history even adjusting for inflation, in return for a larger bump in domestic spending, the progressives demanded an equal dollar amount for domestic programs, either by raising the domestic budget or slashing the defense budget.
.@AOC has deleted the tweet calling @RepJohnYarmuth Kentucky's sole Democratic member of Congress (and House Budget Co chair) one of the GOP's "older male members" but it lives on to infinity ... https://t.co/7uDqdZgPoj— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) April 25, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez deleted the tweet, but it was too late. Perhaps she had been confused by the "GOP" in the account's name, or had assumed Kentucky was full of rednecks and Mitch McConnells – but whatever the reason, Twitter exploded in mockery.
AOC: "LMAO look at this old white Republican guy trying to roast me by posing next to a cardboard cutout of me... SO WEIRD!"— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 25, 2019
Everyone: "Um, that's John Yarmuth, a Democrat in Kentucky's 3rd district." pic.twitter.com/spbNlZHYRt
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 typical liberal fashion, @AOC attempts an identity politics attack against "older male" Republicans.— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) April 25, 2019
Only problem: the Congressman posing with the "AOC" cutout is House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth --- a senior Democrat.
Foot, meet mouth. #Derp#ampFWhttps://t.co/8y8yENr11q
Some tried to reason she'd done it on purpose.
OWM: Let me be a pedantic asshole and nitpick minor grammar errors to really show that WPOC.— Gabriel Gonzalez (@gonzalezgabriel) April 25, 2019
Wow you're pathetic. And considering how often many dems side with Republicans, they could be considered honorary members of the gop. But hey, way to not get the point.
In which @AOC mistakes a Democratic congressman (Yarmuth D-KY) for a Republican one. She could be cunning and making blatant mistakes to drum up more attention for herself, but that’s as charitable as my imagination goes. pic.twitter.com/noxJKMWFKz— Shane Hawk (@shanehawkk) April 25, 2019
Others patiently offered Ocasio-Cortez some advice.
That's John Yarmuth, the lone Kentucky Democrat they're mocking in their tweet, not an older, male GOP congressman.— David J. Loehr (@dloehr) April 25, 2019
You'd like John, you should get to know him, he's a good guy.
I was a Republican 35 years ago, but I think I have become wiser as an older, white, male Democrat. I simply wanted everyone to know I welcome @RepAOC in Kentucky, regardless of what old white male Republicans think. https://t.co/WOY7bIy6Yf— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) April 25, 2019
Yarmuth himself even weighed in, wowing his constituents with his classy response – a rarity in Washington.
Classy as usual. Keep up the good fight Rep Yarmuth and you’ve got my vote— Will McBride (@MrWillMcBride) April 26, 2019
Smart, open-minded folks evolve as their empathy grows. I too was a Republican until around 1988. Never looked back.— The Steve Magruder - 𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮, Columbo? (@Stevietheman66) April 25, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has been publicly mocked before for her apparent cluelessness on matters of government. After she was elected in November, she called for Democrats to take back “all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House” – having apparently forgotten that there are two chambers of Congress and three branches of government in the US. She has also said unemployment was low because people had two jobs and declared the world would end in 12 years if the government did not “address climate change.” Media mockery of her gaffes, however, rarely dampens her spirits – though she did announce earlier this month she was quitting Facebook, calling social media a “public health risk.”Also on rt.com AOC accused of using ‘verbal blackface’ during speech to black audience
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