Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Republican lawmakers for calling female legislators by nicknames after President Trump twice referred to her as “AOC” in Thursday night’s debate.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted early Friday morning.
“Women notice. It conveys a lot,” she wrote.
The Queens-Bronx congresswoman said her popular nickname, “AOC”, was born out of the community and should be reserved for “the people.”
“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,” the lawmaker added on Twitter.
Trump, while answering a question about balancing climate change and the economy, used the term “AOC plus three” two times during the debate.
The “plus three” is an apparent reference to Reps. Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, whom Trump also routinely refers to by another nickname, “The Squad.”
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