As Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to weather near relentless attacks from conservatives over her dress, dance moves, and other similarly petty and gendered complaints, critics of the young Latina congresswoman stooped to a new low on Wednesday by publicizing and circulating a fake “nude selfie” of her.
The Daily Caller, a conservative outlet co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, shared an image of a woman showing her bare feet and holding a vape pen in the bath. “Here’s the photo some people described as a nude selfie of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” the headline read. The outlet’s decision to share the photo came despite the fact that the image, which has been circulating on the internet for over a month, was long ago debunked as fake. In wake of public outrage, The Daily Caller has since deleted the tweet and accompanying article.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez handled this latest bizarre attack on her political credibility with characteristic fire and aplomb.
“GOP have been losing their mind + frothing at the mouth all week, so this was just a matter of time,” she wrote on Twitter. “There is also a Daily Mail reporter (Ruth Styles) going to my boyfriend’s relative’s homes+offering them cash for ‘stories.’ Women in leadership face more scrutiny. Period.”
“Completely disgusting behavior from Conservative outlets,” she added. “No wonder they defended Kavanaugh so fiercely.”
For those out of the loop, Republicans began to circulate a fake nude photo of me. The @DailyCaller reposted it (!) and refused to indicate it was fake in the title as well.
Completely disgusting behavior from Conservative outlets.
No wonder they defended Kavanaugh so fiercely.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez also took the time to respond to a social media user who suggested that the GOP’s unceasing attacks on the young congresswoman were “designed to shame all young women into thinking they should not/could not run for office — that old videos or pictures or rumors of them would surface, that they could never dress/act/speak unimpeachably enough.”
“If they want to make an example out of me, I will gladly be one. Hopefully we can be an example of dedication, courage, and persistence under fire. Or compassion, thoughtfulness, curiosity, justice, and zeal. I also hope to be an example of not tolerating nonsense, too,” she wrote back.
If they want to make an example out of me, I will gladly be one.
Hopefully we can be an example of dedication, courage, and persistence under fire.
Or compassion, thoughtfulness, curiosity, justice, and zeal.
I also hope to be an example of not tolerating nonsense, too. https://t.co/B6GqpHAozw
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 9, 2019
Last week, Ocasio-Cortez also defended herself from another lame attempt at discrediting her after conservatives shared a video of her in college performing a rendition of the iconic dance scene from The Breakfast Club. In response, Ocasio-Cortez recorded a new video of herself dancing outside her congressional office that has since been viewed more than 20 million times.
I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous.
Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! 💃🏽
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9y6ALOw4F6
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019
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