Dictionary.com rips reporter for saying Ocasio-Cortez 'doesn't look like a girl who struggles'
© Stefani Reynolds

Dictionary.com on Thursday mocked a reporter who referred to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as a "girl."

"Girl. Noun. A female child, from birth to full growth," the site's official Twitter account tweeted."E.g. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not a girl."

The tweet came was response to Washington Examiner journalist Eddie Scarry. Earlier in the day, Scarry tweeted a picture of the newly elected congresswoman and said that her "jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles."

"If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside," Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted in response. "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." 

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Ocasio-Cortez, 29, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress last week and is considered to be a rising progressive star in the Democratic Party. 

She drew attention just days after 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. 

She said that her experience was an example of how America's "electoral system isn’t even designed (nor prepared) for working-class people to lead." 

Ocasio-Cortez and many other lawmakers arrived on Capitol Hill earlier this week for orientation. The New York congresswoman said on Twitter on Wednesday that people kept giving her "directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress."