Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-declared democratic socialist and first-time House candidate, fired back at Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSchools without mask mandate 3.5 times more likely to have COVID-19 outbreaks: CDC study Texas limits business with Ben & Jerry's over Israel move Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior — CDC panel approves boosters for some, but not based on jobs 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.
Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to “whatever I am.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 23, 2018
I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‘s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María.
But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments! https://t.co/xJlroSe5Hs
DeSantis, a vocal ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results 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.”
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.