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Rubio and Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter: 'Work more, tweet less'

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went back and forth with each other on Twitter Thursday after the senator suggested that Ocasio-Cortez should "work more" and "tweet less."

Rubio was responding to a tweet in which Ocasio-Cortez criticized "Republicanism" while saying Black-owned businesses were denied access to Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Black-owned small businesses were widely shut out from accessing PPP loans, yet right-wing disinfo org PV [Project Veritas] took half a million in public money while decrying direct federal assistance as 'radical socialism.' Republicanism in a nutshell. (Also they’re based in Mamaroneck?!)," she tweeted.

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Rubio came to the defense of the GOP, writing that "Working together R’s & D’s helped save the jobs of 55 million Americans through PPP."

Ocasio-Cortez hit back, sharing her recent efforts to boost remote learning and probe the Treasury Department's handling of COVID-19 relief funds.

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Ocasio-Cortez had also defended her tweets on Tuesday after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) criticized her tenure in the House.
 
“I find it amusing when politicians try to diminish the seriousness of our policy work, movement organizing & grassroots fundraising to 'she just tweets,' as though 'serious' politics is only done by begging corporate CEOs for money through wax-sealed envelopes delivered by raven,” she wrote.