Nate Silver: Ocasio-Cortez's race and gender drive 'certain Republicans crazy'

FiveThirtyEight founder and election forecaster Nate Silver on Tuesday claimed that many members of the GOP have disdain for Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) because of "her race and gender." 

Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old Hispanic woman, has drawn immense scrutiny and criticism from leading GOP figures and pundits since her campaign to unseat incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) in a New York primary. 

"There are lots of reasons Ocasio-Cortez drives certain Republicans crazy, foremost among them her race and gender," Silver tweeted.

"But it's also that she's quintessentially a New Yorker and DC political culture is formal and prudish when NYC mostly isn't those things," he added. 

Silver was responding to a tweet from CNN political analyst Joshua Green, who claimed Ocasio-Cortez was the "big preoccupation" at multiple GOP gatherings this week. 


"Put differently, New Yorkers are very good at trolling, and Washington has extreme troll-vulnerability," Silver wrote, following up on his original tweet. "It's always made for a mismatch but more pronounced now that we're in the Golden Age of Trolling. We may need to move the capital back to Philly to keep it a fair fight." 

Ocasio-Cortez has crafted a robust social media presence, frequently hitting back at those who have criticized her, including conservative journalistsFox News hosts, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R) and more. 

Her supporters have praised her online "trolling" skills, while detractors have criticized her as unprofessional. Some on the right have compared her to President Trump, another New Yorker who has also gone after his critics online. 

Ocasio-Cortez last month slammed Republicans for "drooling" over footage of her and accused them of waiting to criticize her over any missteps. 

-- Updated 2:16 p.m.