Ocasio-Cortez accuses GOP of targeting female Democrats

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal Why Democrats must confront extreme left wing incitement to violence The Hill Interview: Jerry Brown on climate disasters, COVID-19 and Biden's 'Rooseveltian moment' 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 PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersPelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Omar invokes father's death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book Business groups increasingly worried about death of filibuster 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 SchumerChuck SchumerPelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg Ginsburg in statement before her death said she wished not to be replaced until next president is sworn in Democrats call for NRA Foundation to be prohibited from receiving donations from federal employees 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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 MarkeyDemocratic senator calls for eliminating filibuster, expanding Supreme Court if GOP fills vacancy McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote Massachusetts town clerk resigns after delays to primary vote count 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.