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AOC returns to her tiresome and hypocritical victimhood stunt

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 10/24/2020 Brad Polumbo
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an impressive woman. After all, she went from working nights as a bartender to representing Queens and the Bronx in Congress.

The Democratic congresswoman’s personal embodiment of the American dream makes her victimhood schtick, which was on display again this week, all the more tiresome.

After she was referred to as “AOC” during Thursday evening’s presidential debate, the name she uses regularly and has as her Twitter handle, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out her offense. “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,” she wrote. “Women notice. It conveys a lot.”

“AOC is a name given to me by community & the people,” she continued. “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.”

This is asinine. Male or female, politicians are commonly referred to by last names or abbreviations. Consider how often you have heard President Trump called “Trump,” former President Barack Obama referred to as “Obama,” and so on. Ocasio-Cortez is creating a sexist victim narrative for herself where none exists.

In fact, she has referred to government officials and colleagues in this exact manner many times. Just on Aug. 20, Ocasio-Cortez referred to “Kamala” and “Biden.” On multiple occasions, the congresswoman has referred to Hillary Clinton as “Hillary.”

Ironically, Ocasio-Cortez regularly refers to Vice President Mike Pence as simply “Pence” but has publicly chastised him for referring to her without her title.

And Ocasio-Cortez has referred to the president without his title, just as “Trump,” virtually too many times to count.

Does the congresswoman consider herself in need of remedial lessons in “basic respect 101"? Is she a sexist for stripping Sen. Kamala Harris and Clinton, the former secretary of state, of their titles? Of course not. But that’s the absurd claim Ocasio-Cortez is making.

There’s also something inherently condescending and reductive about Ocasio-Cortez’s complaints. She claims to be advocating on behalf of women and speaking out against sexism. But in reality, the view Ocasio-Cortez is espousing suggests that women in politics can't handle being referred to in the same manner as their male colleagues. She’s essentially using woke vernacular to say that female politicians are particularly delicate and fragile.

That’s not just a wrong belief — some might even call the congresswoman’s complaint sexist.

Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is a Washington Examiner contributor and host of the Breaking Boundaries podcast.

Tags: Opinion, Beltway Confidential, Blog Contributors, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mike Pence, President Trump, presidential debate, New York, Congress, Kamala Harris

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