Ocasio-Cortez slams reporter who said her outfit didn’t ‘look like a girl who struggles’

Greg Nash

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday shot back at a journalist who said that the outfit she wore on Capitol Hill didn’t look like one someone who “struggles” would have. 

“If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside.”

“Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing.” 

Her comments came only hours after a Washington Examiner media reporter tweeted a picture of Ocasio-Cortez roaming the Capitol’s halls. 

“Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” the reporter, Eddie Scarry, said on Twitter in a tweet that has since been deleted. “I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”

Ocasio-Cortez later demanded that besides deleting the tweet, Scarry issue her an apology.

Ocasio-Cortez is considered to be a rising progressive star in the Democratic Party, and she became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in last week’s midterm elections. 

{mosads}She drew attention following her election when she said that she would need to wait for her congressional salary to kick in before she could afford a Washington, D.C., apartment. 

“There are many little ways in which our electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead,” she explained on Twitter just days after her election.

She added that she was working out how she’d move to the city. 

Ocasio-Cortez and many other individuals elected to Congress arrived in Washington, D.C., earlier this week for orientation. She said on Wednesday that people kept giving her “directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress.” 

-Updated 8:32 p.m.

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