Florida GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Calls Ocasio-Cortez ‘This Girl…Or Whatever She Is’
The following is an excerpt from LISSETTE RODRIGUEZ and KAROLINA RIVAS | July 24, 2018 | abcnews.go.com |
Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis is facing backlash from the left after referring to one of the Democratic party’s progressive rising female stars, New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as “this girl…or whatever she is” over the weekend.
The congressman who is currently running as the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate for Florida governor, made the comments while on the campaign trail in Orange Park, Florida, according to Huffpost who first obtained video of the event.
“You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is,” DeSantis said to a laughing audience. “It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”
DeSantis went on to critique 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez’s views as a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
In an interview earlier this month with PBS, Ocasio-Cortez criticized Israel’s “occupation of Palestine” and said it was causing an “increasing crisis of humanitarian condition.” After the anchor of the show asked about her use of the word “occupation,” Ocasio-Cortez corrected her comments and said she is “not the expert on geopolitics on this issue.”
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