Ocasio-Cortez accuses GOP of targeting female Democrats

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday accused Republicans of targeting female Democrats more than their male counterparts, arguing American society couldn't deal with a woman being as powerful as a man.

The freshman lawmaker cited Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Maxine Waters: Trump 'has done everything that one could even think of to be eligible for impeachment' Maxine Waters: Parts of Trump immigration plan are 'very racist' MORE (D-Calif.), head of the House Financial Services Committee, as being on the receiving end of disproportionate criticism compared to individuals like Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer wants investigation into Chinese-designed New York subway cars Getting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (D-N.Y.).

"If you ever wonder why the GOP targets Pelosi more than Schumer, or Waters more than male committee chairs (despite having equal or similar positions of power) this is part of the reason why," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, quoting a tweet that highlighted a statement she made about a woman's position in society.

Ocasio-Cortez, who last year became the youngest woman elected to Congress, told The New Yorker that she is as "powerful as a man," and that infuriates her GOP critics.


"The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview published Monday, adding that she believes she sparks outrage from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE due to her background as a Latina.

“I can see Trump being enormously upset that a 29-year-old Latina, who is the daughter of a domestic worker, is helping to build the case to get his financial records," she said. "I think that adds insult to injury to him.”

Ocasio-Cortez is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and has been outspoken about a range of progressive issues since being sworn in this year. She joined Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyGOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity Trump faces criticism for hosting Hungary's leader Bill Nye tees off on climate change skeptics: 'The planet is on f---ing fire!' MORE (D-Mass.) last month in introducing their "Green New Deal" resolution, an initiative that calls for sweeping infrastructure investments to combat climate change.

Ocasio-Cortez has also weighed in on matters related to her Democratic colleagues. On Tuesday, she questioned why lawmakers were pushing to reprimand Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) over statements condemned by some as being anti-Semitic.

"One of the things that is hurtful about the extent to which reprimand is sought of Ilhan is that no one seeks this level of reprimand when members make statements about Latinx + other communities (during the shutdown, a GOP member yelled 'Go back to Puerto Rico!' on the floor)," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.