Most people who are headed into battle might prefer to know the name of the opponent most likely to crush them. Apparently, this is not the case for Republicans, particularly one by the name of Ron DeSantis who is a representative from Florida. During an event over the weekend, the Republican congressman acted as if he was aloof about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Puerto Rican politician shaking up elections, and now the Latina politician and her supporters are calling him out on his caca sexism.
On Saturday, a Republican representative referred to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is.”
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) July 23, 2018
During a campaign event in Orange Park, FL that was held over the weekend, Representative Ron DeSantis of Florida spoke of the Latina who recently won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, in a pretty dang condescending way that immediately revealed his apparent willingness to be ignorant. During the event, the Republican gubernatorial candidate said to the crowd “You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe. It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the comment on her Twitter page in a way that has so many of her fans pumped.
Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to “whatever I am.”
I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‘s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María.
But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments! https://t.co/xJlroSe5Hs
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 23, 2018
“Rep DeSantis, it seems you’re confused as to ‘whatever I am.’ I am a Puerto Rican woman. It’s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María. But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments!”
Ocasio-Cortez’s response cooly highlighted the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans who were affected by the wrath of Hurricane Maria when it hit the island last September. The funny thing is that DeSantis should know perfectly well who and what Ocasio-Cortez is since she proved herself to be an extreme threat to the Republican party this past June. There’s also the fact that the Republican representative has strongly campaigned to prevent Puerto Ricans who have relocated to U.S. mainland from voting in federal elections. That’s even despite the fact that Puerto Ricans are natural-born U.S. citizens.
People on Twitter are highlighting how dangerous DeSantis comments are
#DeSantis– another Trump supporting Tea Party fly -thinking he can belittle Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by calling her "this girl or whatever she is". Has he been locked in a closet and forgot what women were? Just like Trump he thinks he can disrespect women and get away with it.
— vfran (@vfran2) July 24, 2018
Mostly because history has shown us how being dismissive of competition can be dangerous.
Latina politicians are stepping up and showing Ocasio-Cortez their support.
@Ocasio2018 Alexandria when they are bothered by the goodness in your heart is that you know you are on the right track.
— Carmen Yulín Cruz (@CarmenYulinCruz) July 24, 2018
San Juan, Puerto Rico mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who gained attention last year for her work in advocating for the island after the hurricane, had lots to say about DeSanti’s belittling comments.
Even a current congresswoman chimed in with her views on the comments.
This ‘girl or whoever she is’ is my future colleague from Queens who will serve with me in Congress where men make up over 80% of the body. And we’re working to elect more women so we don’t have to put up with comments and attitudes like this.@Ocasio2018 https://t.co/de5ksLqWj8
— Grace Meng (@Grace4NY) July 24, 2018
Here’s hoping that Representative Ron DeSantis— this boy or whatever he is—experiences the full thrash of Ocasio-Cortez when his comments come back to hit him where it hurts at the ballot box this year.