Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described “Democratic socialist” running for congress in New York, has apparently decided that crying sexism is the way to win debates and endear oneself to the Left. Considering how Democrats often play the victim card, she may be on to something.
On Saturday morning, Vox’s Matt Yglesias commented on Twitter that coverage of Ocasio-Cortez on budget matters — meaning, the fact that she doesn’t have a response to how she would pay for any of the welfare programs she wants — is “scoldy” and “condescending.” He also claimed coverage of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) was “credulous-verging-on-worshipful.”
Let’s set aside the absurdity that anyone in the left-leaning media worshipped Ryan. Anyway, Ocasio-Cortez added to Yglesias' tweet by playing the woman card.
“1st time female candidate makes small slip on a budgetary figure during extemporaneous interview: ‘This girl is SO uninformed! She needs to stay quiet until she knows everything!’” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Incumbent male Congressman brings a snowball to Congress to 'disprove' climate change: [white male shrug emoji]”
First off, there was no shrugging when Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) brought a snowball to the Senate floor. A simple Google search proves that. And those articles are in no way favorable to Inhofe.
Secondly, Ocasio-Cortez’s default response appears to be to cry sexism. She’s essentially saying: “It’s my first campaign! Why are you being so mean to me?” and suggesting she's only being treated this way because she's a girl. Well, she's being treated this way because she was immediately latched on to by the left-leaning media as a new star because she beat the number four Democrat incumbent in the House, she would be the youngest person to be elected to Congress, and she’s Latina. She’s just a bunch of boxes to the Left.
Third, she condescendingly pointed out to people that she had a degree in economics from Boston University. The fact that she appears not to know much about economics is going to draw attention. She can talk about the Gini Coefficient all she wants, but if she can’t answer simple budget questions, her degree isn’t going to matter.
By the way, her inability to answer how she’ll pay for her welfare programs (something many politicians get asked about), is not her only problem. On Friday, The Washington Post published a lengthy fact check of five statements made by Ocasio-Cortez, and rated each as false.
So no, it was not a “small slip,” it’s a prolonged issue for her, as is crying sexism.