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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clapped back at politician who called her “this girl”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex is not here for misogyny. 

It’s been nearly a month since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a left-wing Latina from the Bronx, defied all odds by securing a chance at becoming the youngest person in Congress.

Which is why she’s not going to take any misogynistic comments thrown her way.

Case in point: Representative Ron DeSantis, who is currently running for governor of Florida, insulted the New York candidate during a July 21 campaign event in Orange Park, Florida. Thankfully, is was all captured on video.

“You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez [sic] or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe,” DeSantis told the crowd. “It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.” 

DeSantis continued to attack Ocasio-Cortez by highlighting comments she’s made about the Israeli ‘occupation’ of Palestine.

Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time in taking to Twitter to condemn his public comments.

“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!”

It’s a prime example of why women decide against getting involved in politics. Earlier this year, newly-formed campaign group made up of charities, feminist activists and MPs has said that major changes must be made to the UK’s political system and culture if more women are to become involved in politics.

The group challenged the government and political parties to do more to actively encourage women into politics in 2018, the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK.

“Increasing the number of women in Parliament is not only a matter of basic human rights and equality, but is also necessary at a time when voter participation is low, and politics is reaching a crisis of credibility,” the group said.

“Women in politics face an extraordinary amount of abuse, especially on social media, partly because they speak up but also simply because they are women. This discourages women from participating in political debate.”

We can’t wait to see what Ocasio-Cortez achieves.

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Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for Stylist.co.uk, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.

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