Fashion police

Ocasio-Cortez attacked again by conservatives — this time over the quality of her outfit

Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (L) arrives for a class photo with incoming newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2018. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez prepares to help lead an unprecedented wave of Democratic women elected during the recent midterms to Congress, conservative outlets and reporters are facing criticism for attempting to undermine her credibility as a working-class politician by repeatedly attacking her over her wardrobe. In the latest incident, Washington Examiner political journalist Eddie Scarry tweeted a photo snapped of the Democratic congresswoman-elect from behind on Capitol Hill alongside the message, “I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”

The tweet immediately generated outrage from social media users who questioned why he felt the need to share his opinion on how Ocasio-Cortez dressed — let alone to insult her for looking put-together while paying a visit to Congress. Scarry has since deleted the tweet, claiming that he had actually meant to imply that he was impressed by how well dressed she looked “despite suggestions she’s struggled.”

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified Democratic Socialist who as recently as last year was still working as a bartender, has previously fielded attacks from conservatives who expressed derision and disbelief after she admitted she had to save money before she could afford a Washington apartment — with some, including conservative radio host John Cardillo, going so far as to share images of her childhood home in order to insinuate that her upbringing was more affluent then she has let on.

Ocasio-Cortez also faced heated criticism from conservatives over a photo shoot for Interview magazine in which she donned a $3,000 outfit that was temporarily lent to her for the sake of the photo op. On Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends, guest host Katie Pavlich questioned why Ocasio-Cortez didn’t “redistribute” the money for her outfit, while other panelists hammered her for having “expensive tastes for a socialist” — despite the fact that the outfit didn’t even belong to her.

“You don’t get to keep the clothes, duh,” Ocascio-Cortez responded in wake of the criticism. “Get used to me slaying lewks because I am an excellent thrift shopper.”

In her remarks responding to the most recent conservative attack on her attire, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that “if I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside.”

“If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside,” she continued. “Dark hates light — that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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