During the presidential debate on Thursday evening, President Donald Trump referred to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “AOC,” her nickname.
Ocasio-Cortez was clearly not happy that the President called her that, as she argued it shows “disrespect of women.” Ironically, Ocasio-Cortez’s instagram handle is “@AOC.”
“I wonder if Republicans understand how much they advertise their disrespect of women in debates when they consistently call women members of Congress by nicknames or first names while using titles & last names when referring to men of = stature,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, ironically from her @AOC Twitter account. “Women notice. It conveys a lot.”
“AOC is a name given to me by community & the people,” she added. “Y’all can call me AOC. Government colleagues referring to each other in a public or professional context (aka who don’t know me like that) should refer to their peers as ‘Congresswoman,’ ‘Representative,’ etc. Basic respect 101.”
AOC is a name given to me by community & the people. Y’all can call me AOC.
Government colleagues referring to each other in a public or professional context (aka who don’t know me like that) should refer to their peers as “Congresswoman,” “Representative,”etc. Basic respect 101
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 23, 2020
The socialist congresswoman was referring to a comment from President Trump when he was mocking Joe Biden for his environmental plan.
“His plan is an economic disaster,” President Trump said. “If you look at what he wants to do, you know who developed it? AOC plus three. They know nothing about the climate. I mean she’s got a good line of stuff but she knows nothing about the climate. And they are all hopping through hoops for AOC plus three.”
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
The New York congresswoman also has a Twitter account “maintained by federal staff to share services and legislation relevant to constituents of NY-14” with the handle “@RepAOC.”
She tweeted later Friday about shirts that say “AOCplusme.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s nickname is commonly used throughout media, as the National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis pointed out.
Thursday night reporting on the debate from publications such as CNN, Mother Jones, the New York Post, and other outlets included references to the New York congresswoman using the nickname in headlines.
CNN also used the name “AOC” to describe Ocasio-Cortez in copy.
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