Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSecurity policy expert: Defense industry donations let lawmakers 'ignore public opinion' Do progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Don't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday fired back after Sarah Palin labeled her a “fake feminist,” quipping, “Call 1-800 CRY NOW.”
During an interview with Fox News, the former Alaskan governor dubbed Ocasio-Cortez a "fake feminist" after the New York Democrat said that Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottProposed Texas map adds two new congressional districts to Austin, Houston Texas surpasses 4 million COVID-19 cases threshold The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats stare down 'hell' week MORE (R) didn't understand a "menstruating person's body" while criticizing the state's abortion ban during an interview on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“Wow, AOC, she’s really milking this, isn’t she?" Palin said. "She’s such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point."
Palin further said that Ocasio-Cortez should be “embarrassed” for her comments.
“She’s so off-base politically, but even off-base in the analogy or whatever it is that she’s throwing out there. She’s milking the whole female thing, and as a real feminist, I’m embarrassed for her,” Palin said.
The progressive lawmaker responded on Twitter by posting a 15-second video, which she said was a “special hotline” for Palin.
“Does my existence make you mad? Does the fact that, yes, I am a mouthpiece for the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District upset you?” Ocasio-Cortez says in the video.
“Well, I have help for you. Call 1-800-CRY NOW. That’s 1-800-CRY NOW,” she continued.
Ocasio-Cortez further said she set up a website to raise funds for abortion and reproductive health providers in Texas, which had already raised more than $250,000.
We’ve raised over $250,000 to Texas grassroots pro-choice organizers and healthcare providers so far.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 9, 2021
The Texas legislation, which bans abortions as early as six weeks, before many women even know they're pregnant, went into effect last week. It also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers if they believe they are in violation of the law.
The law doesn’t provide an exception for rape or incest, but Abbott fired back Thursday by saying that rape victims can still get an abortion before a fetal heartbeat is detected and that the state will work to “eliminate all rapists.”
Ocasio-Cortez told Cooper that Abbott was speaking from “deep ignorance.”
“He speaks from such a place of deep ignorance ... and it's not just ignorance, it's ignorance that is hurting people across this country,” she said.