Ocasio-Cortez fires back at GOP lawmaker who referred to her as 'whatever she is’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-declared democratic socialist and first-time House candidate, fired back at Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention DeSantis pushing to host Republican National Convention in Florida Florida bars and theaters to reopen starting Friday, DeSantis says MORE (R-Fla.) on Monday after he referred to her as “this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is” over the weekend.

“Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to ‘whatever I am,’ ” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to comments the Florida gubernatorial candidate made about her while speaking at a campaign event in Orange Park on Saturday.

DeSantis, a vocal ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, over the weekend had mocked the political newcomer, who came to fame after defeating a top-ranking House Democrat in a New York primary earlier this year. 

“You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe,” DeSantis said on Saturday. “It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”

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DeSantis, who also chairs the National Security subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, took further aim at Ocasio-Cortez during his speech for previously criticizing the Israeli government’s treatment of Palestinians in a recent interview with PBS News. 

During the interview, the 28-year-old referred to Israel’s “occupation” of Palestine as causing a humanitarian crisis. However, she later clarified that she meant that Israeli settlements are growing in areas where Palestinians are concentrated and also added that she was “not the expert” on the issue. 

“There’s never been a Palestinian state. You’re just repeating these canned, left-wing talking points, and you’re somehow the savior of the Democratic Party? Good Lord,” DeSantis said in reference to the interview. “She has no clue what she’s talking about.” 

DeSantis is running to succeed Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is term limited and running for the Senate. DeSantis earned personal praise from Trump last year, who said he would make a “great” governor.

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