Fox host responds to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticism: 'Come on the show'

Fox News reporter Ed Henry responded to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) criticism of his comments about her financial situation Saturday, inviting her to appear on the show.

“So the congresswoman-elect ... was mad that I was on 'America’s Newsroom' and I was talking about the fact that she is now saying she can’t afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., and she thought I was mocking her," he said.

“I live in Washington. It’s very expensive. ... Members of Congress make $174,000 a year. That’s a lot more than people around the country, many people. And there are 435 Democrats and Republicans in the House who have to maintain two homes. Some of them have four or five kids in Georgia, in California, they have to fly back and forth. It’s not easy to do it, they somehow do it. I’m not mocking it and I do believe we have a housing crisis in America.”


Henry ended his response to her by offering Ocasio-Cortez an invitation to his show.

"Come on the show," he said.

"Let’s talk about that issue. You are a congresswoman now, or are going to be very soon. Come on Fox.”

Ocasio-Cortez revealed Thursday that she will need to wait for her congressional salary to kick in before she can afford to rent an apartment in D.C. 

On Friday, a Fox News panel, including Henry, laughed as they discussed the incoming freshman lawmaker's finances. Henry argued that she could have saved money from clothes for housing.

“She had these multi-thousand-dollar outfits that could pay a month’s rent in Washington D.C.,” he said.

Ocasio-Cortez called out the hosts on Twitter for not being able to say her name and denying that she had purchased expensive clothes.

Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman in history elected to Congress, worked as a bartender before pulling off a stunning defeat of top incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in the primary election in June.