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Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan got called a 'genius' when he was elected at 28, I get accused of being 'a fraud'

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities MORE (D-N.Y.) on Monday compared herself to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats MORE (R-Wis.), saying that the outgoing congressman was considered a "genius" when he was elected at 28 while she's been viewed as a "fraud."

"Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, linking to an article from Vox editor-at-large Ezra Klein entitled "Paul Ryan's long con."

Ocasio-Cortez is considered to be a rising progressive star in the Democratic Party, and, at 28, became the youngest woman elected to Congress last month.

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She's drawn attention for being increasingly outspoken in the weeks after she earned a New York House seat. Among other things, she's called for more young people to run for Congress, saying it is key for the body to “represent the American people."

“Frankly, if we're not in the halls of Congress, then Congress isn't working, which is why we need way more young people in office,” she said. Ocasio-Cortez has also confirmed that she will pay her interns at least $15 an hour.