Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Trump for 'disrespect' after he refers to 'the squad' as 'AOC plus three' during debate
CONGRESSWOMAN Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted President Donald Trump for "disrespect" after he referred to "the squad" as "AOC plus three" during the debate.
Approximately two hours after Trump and Joe Biden went head-to-head for the last US Presidential Debate, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to denounce GOP lawmakers for shortening the names of female representatives.
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“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. Women notice. It conveys a lot," Ocasio-Cortez wrote in the early Friday morning tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez – a member of the “Squad” of progressive Democrats – was upset that Trump used the term "AOC plus three."
Reps. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley, of Massachusetts are the three women Trump was referring to.
The president uttered the phrase two times during the Thursday night debate – which was held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
The congresswoman's followup tweet read: “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 was talking about climate change and the economy when he called the congresswoman 'AOC.'
Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted: "If someone told me 3 years ago, while I was waitressing to help my family stay afloat, that in a few short years an unhinged President of the United States would be repeatedly saying my name at the 2020 debate, I would’ve brought them some water and told them to sober up."
In one instance, as the president spoke about the Green New Deal, he said: “You know who developed it? AOC plus three.
"They know nothing about the environment."
Trump slammed Biden's environmental plan as an "economic disaster" and recalled it deriving from "AOC plus three."
The Green New Deal is a 14-page resolution that is aimed at tackling climate change and inequality all at once.
The deal was unveiled by Ocasio-Cortez on February 7, 2019.
In response to the congresswoman's tweets, man people took to social media to either support Ocasio-Cortez's words or critize them.
One user tweeted: "AOC is not a nickname, they’re your initials. JFK is also not a nickname. The FBI, again, is not a nickname.
"You can maybe say that Trump should’ve still used your official title, but Obama was also referenced sans title, and you don’t see him whining about it on Twitter…"
Journalist Simon Hedlin defended Ocasio' Cortez's comments by tweeting: "Studies have found that people are more than twice as likely to call male professionals by their last name, compared with female professionals, who are often called by their first name.
"This bias is so strong that people do this even when they refer to fictional men and women.
"Besides being a sign of respect, why does it matter that women also be called by their last name? Because research shows that it has an impact on professional outcomes.
"For example, people are more likely to think that someone who is called by their last name deserves an award."
Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez also lashed out at Vice President Mike Pence during the vice-presidential debate for calling her "AOC."
In a tweet close to the end of the debate, the representative criticized the vice president and gave him a correction.
"For the record @Mike_Pence, it's Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez to you," she wrote.
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