(CNN)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out fellow Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday after the West Virginia senator referred to her as “young lady” while responding to recent criticism.
“In Washington, I usually know my questions of power are getting somewhere when the powerful stop referring to me as ‘Congresswoman’ and start referring to me as ‘young lady’ instead,” Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, said in a pair of tweets that did not refer to Manchin by name.
“Imagine if every time someone referred to someone as ‘young lady’ they were ask responded to by being addressed with their age and gender? They’d be pretty upset if one responded with ‘the old man,’ right? Why this kind of weird, patronizing behavior is so accepted is beyond me!”
The comments come after Manchin, in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” denied recent claims from Ocasio-Cortez that he is beholden to big energy companies.
The congresswoman had previously lambasted Manchin for his refusal to support the Democratic $3.5 trillion s
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