From her fashion choices to her young age, it seems like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cannot escape the constant criticism.
This is why, in a recent tweet, the 28-year-old congresswoman-elect chose to call out a double standard between her and Paul Ryan, the departing Republican speaker of the house.
Responding to an opinion article by Vox, in which the author writes about how he regrets initially giving Ryan the “benefit of the doubt”, Ocasio-Cortez says:
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 & scrutinised, down to my clothing, of being a fraud.
In the past, the congresswoman-elect for New York’s 14th district has been criticised for her age among other things. One former Florida representative Ron DeSantis once called her a “girl” during a campaign event in July.
Last month, author Eddie Scarry tweeted an image of Ocasio-Cortez in a nice outfit, saying: “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
Fox News have also criticised Ocasio-Cortez on numerous occasions, specifically obsessing over what she is wearing – from an expensive suit to worn-in campaign trail shoes.
Meanwhile, Ryan was praised when he was first elected as a young congressman in 1999.
In 2012, The New Republic, called him a "genius" in an article entitled "How Paul Ryan Convinced Washington Of His Genius: The Rise of the Philosopher Prince."
And while Ryan also has received his fair share of criticism, he was always regarded as a hard-working policy nerd.
Ocasio-Cortez's assessment of the matter, drew thousands of responses, with social media users across the political spectrum reacting.
Regardless of the responses, the future congresswoman has made it clear that she will not shy away from telling it as it is.
HT The Hill