As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is accustomed to attacking everything as sexist, racist, or both. She often frames criticism against her and some of her colleagues as attacks on “women of color” as a way of redirecting conversations and misrepresenting them as ad hominem even when they’re substantive. One of the most blatant displays of this transpired on Twitter yesterday.
It started with a jab by Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) against presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). In the second part of his jab, he invoked AOC’s Green New Deal and called the Democrats the party of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), another candidate.
The Democrats are officially the @BernieSanders Party. They want America to be less prosperous and less free. (2/2)
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) May 6, 2019
The jab against the Green New Deal was in reference to aspects of the environmental and economic plan that call for less meat, particularly reducing “farting cows” which at one point were part of a now-retracted FAQ on the legislation. The Tweet didn’t reference the freshman Congresswoman in any way that could be considered misogynistic even by the most unhinged radical progressive. But AOC is well beyond the most unhinged radical progressives.
That a sitting US Senator can say something lacking so much critical thinking + honesty is embarrassing to the institution.
If you were a female candidate, maybe you’d be called “unlikeable,” “crazy,” or “uninformed.”
But since you’re not, this inadequacy is accepted as normal. https://t.co/KLkaYxfT6K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 6, 2019
The most laughable part is that she not only inserted attacks against her gender that weren’t there, but took it up a notch by then intentionally or inadvertently (it’s hard to tell with AOC) making a sexist statement of her own. Since Rick Scott isn’t a female candidate and is, indeed, male, his inadequacy is accepted as normal.
In the face of criticism from Rick Scott that was devoid of sexism, AOC responded by adding a defense against… sexism. Playing the intersectionality card is literally the only “substance” she brings to the table. Righteous policies – not so much.