Rep. Ocasio-Cortez offended by Trump calling her ‘AOC’ during Thursday’s debate

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez AOC

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D-NY, said she felt ‘disrespected’ after President Donald Trump referred to her as “AOC” during Thursday night’s final presidential debate.

“I wonder if Republicans understand how much they advertise their disrespect of women in debates when they consistently call women members of Congress by nicknames or first names while using titles & last names when referring to men of = stature,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, “Women notice. It conveys a lot.”

The progressive Democratic lawmaker continued, “AOC is a name given to me by community & the people. Y’all can call me AOC. Government colleagues referring to each other in a public or professional context (aka who don’t know me like that) should refer to their peers as ‘Congresswoman,’ ‘Representative,’ etc. Basic respect 101.”

Trump did in fact mention “AOC” during Thursday’s debate. For example, in a heated exchange about climate policy, Trump slammed former Vice President Joe Biden for backing “The Green New Deal,” which is sponsored by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and seeks to adopt sweeping regulations on the energy and building industries that Trump argues would kill the economy and jobs.

“You know who developed it? AOC plus three,” the president said, referring to members of “The Squad,” a group of progressive Democrat congresswomen. “They know nothing about the climate. I mean she’s got a good line of stuff but she knows nothing about the climate, and they’re all hopping through hoops for AOC plus three. Not a real plan, it costs 100 trillion dollars.”

Rep. Ocasio Cortez responded to the president’s comments about her legislation, clarifying that “It’s actually AOC plus 115 because that’s how many House and Senate members have cosponsored the most ambitious climate legislation in American history.”

Responding the Congresswoman’s comments on Twitter Friday, The Hill’s Joe Concha pointed to the fact that “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter handle is literally ‘AOC'”

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