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Conservative Reporter Gets Exactly What He Deserves for Gross Ocasio-Cortez Comments

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, stuggles, coat, clothes, tweet

Another day, another conservative getting owned by their own attempted bashing of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The most recent to join those ranks is the Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, who posted a totally creepy picture of the Congresswoman-elect to Twitter, along with a caption suggesting her working-class image isn’t accurate.

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The rightwing media is obsessed with “proving” Ocasio-Cortez isn’t as working-class as she says, especially after she mentioned her difficulties in affording a place to live in Washington, D.C. despite having no job until she gets her start in Congress. Quibbling over specifics on that point is a very strange tactic for the right, who would usually love to paint the “political elites/establishment” as out of touch with working-class Americans, and no matter the details, Ocasio-Cortez is undeniably an outlier in Congress on that front.

It’s a weird fixation and sneaking photos like this, not to mention posting them publicly, is a creepy escalation. Naturally, Twitter had a lot to say about it. Like, really a lot.

Yes, how dare she look well put together during her congressional orientation.

Obviously, Scarry’s original comment quickly became a meme.

He even got dunked on by the dictionary.

Both dictionaries.

The tweet is especially inane because, as with conservatives’ continued “revelations” that Ocasio-Cortez didn’t actually grow up in the Bronx, their questions about her economic status would be answered if they read and listened to her own words about the matter.

Scarry deleted the tweet and tried to use the old “I wasn’t thinking that, you were thinking that” argument in defense of his classism.

That’s ridiculous, of course. He said exactly what he meant to the first time, declaring himself to be the arbiter of what non-wealthy women should and shouldn’t look like. And Ocasio-Cortez herself wasn’t going to let him off the hook.

But as always, Ocasio-Cortez had the perfect response to this nonsense. These conservative figures are going to come after her no matter what, so she can’t waste time trying to appease them.

(image: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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