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12/11/2018 10:38 am ET Updated Dec 11, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Paul Ryan Called 'Genius' While I'm 'Fraud'

The congresswoman-elect called out a double standard in which she's been harshly judged since her election to the House.

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday attacked what she called a double standard that has greeted her election to Congress “with suspicion” of “being a fraud.”

Referring to a Vox article detailing the failed legacy of retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis), Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter:

“Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud.”

Riding a progressive wave, Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress in November after toppling a longtime Democrat in the primary. She has since taken on the Trump administration, and the president’s family and associates, in a series of Twitter confrontations.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't entering office meekly.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't entering office meekly.

 

 
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