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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Clapped Back On Twitter After GOP Leader Refused To Call Her By Her Name

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is currently a congresswoman (the youngest ever, actually) representing New York’s 14th district. She is a Latina who is not afraid to speak her mind. But being outspoken has unfortunately put her on the receiving end of a lot of hate. 

She is one of the most well-known politicians of our time, yet her colleagues want to pull a Mariah…

According to John Bresnahan on Twitter, GOP Leader, Kevin McCarthy is acting like he doesn’t know Ocasio-Cortez and refers to her as Congresswoman AOC. Reminder, she has been working in her current position for seven months, soon to be eight and is constantly on national headlines.

McCarthy did not respond to Bresnahan’s tweet, but Ocasio-Cortez replied with a smart remark and poked fun at the situation while also highlighting the immense amount of disrespect.

For those who do not know, Ocasio-Cortez’ initials are AOC, which she uses as her Twitter handle. However, you wouldn’t refer to your colleagues by their username on social media.

When you’re in public you don’t just say, ‘hey @[insertusernameyouthoughtofinhighschoolandneverletgoofhere], how’s it going?’ 

Users on Twitter came to laugh about the whole ordeal with Ocasio-Cortez.

But, just in case it wasn’t obvious that AOC is NOT her real name.

TBH, he probably has trouble rolling his Rs.

Pssst, the reason so many people call Ocasio-Cortez AOC is because they can’t pronounce her full name. 

If you’re going to refer to her by her initials, then at least get them right. It makes you wonder if she’s ever been in the same room as someone who has called her that. Imagine being in a meeting with her and referring to her as Miss OAC. Yikes. Awkward, right? 

It’s honestly not a very difficult name to say or pronounce. People were able to pronounce Daenerys, just saying.

Users slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter for giving the tweet any attention.

No matter what she says on twitter, she will always be met with pushback. Even through Ocasio-Cortez was trying to make light of the situation, many people replied to her rudely and claimed she was complaining about it and asking for attention. 

The joke completely went over this person’s head. Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t think she’s important. She KNOWS she is a force to be reckoned with. You know you’re doing something right when you have a bunch of trolls in your replies trying to bring you down. 

Wow, I didn’t know that being referred to your actual name was a privilege.

Many of the replies under Ocasio-Cortez’ subtweet were also vile and rude. These comments claim that there are much “better” names to call the young politician, such as bartender and other derogatory names. 

Ocasio-Cortez once stated in a tweet that “ words matter, and can have consequences for safety.” Although no comments directly threatened her, it is important to remember that many of them are rooted in misogyny and are inherently violent. 

One thing I have learned is to NEVER let anyone butcher your name or take its pronunciation for granted. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel bad about your name. Whether it be in an academic setting or at the workplace, always stick up for your name, you deserve that. If people can take the time to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, then they can say your name. 

*When you make a joke online and people come to bully you about it because they don’t know it’s a joke*

Twitter users came to Ocasio-Cortez’ side and defended her against the trolls. 

Twitter handles aren’t names. We aren’t that deep into our social media that we call each other by our internet names (at least not yet.) 

But the situation is so much more than just a string of 3 letters. 

Yes, AOC is what Ocasio-Cortez is often referred to as on social media and by the press. Her initials are instantly recognizable and we know exactly who they are referring to when see the letters, AOC. After all, referring to someone by their initials can be cool and fun sometimes because you can bring out a whole new persona out of them that you never knew existed. Let’s take RBG, for example. The initials stand for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Many people call her RBG and have even nicknamed her notorious RBG, but you would not go up to her and call her that. She’s worked too hard her whole life to not be called Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by her colleagues. 

No one can deny the importance of a name. Names represent who we are. When you refer to someone by their name, whether it be the one given to them at birth or not, it is letting them know that you see them. You are acknowledging their presence, what it took for them to get to where they are today, and most importantly that they are welcome there. 

In this case, calling Ocasio-Cortez by her name would mean to recognize her worth as more than just the new person in Congress. Even though others in Congress might not support her views or agree with her completely, she managed to get a seat in the government despite her age, background, and lack of income because people believed in her vision for a better future. It’s like when you and a co-worker hold the same position in a job and they still baby you because of your age. She is not a child, nor is she a naive newcomer who doesn’t know what she got herself into. She is a fierce Latina fighting for what she believes in and should be treated with respect. 

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