The spokesman for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an expletive at a potential Republican challenger, but then deleted it after receiving blow back.
While speaking with the New York Post, conservative radio show host Rich Valdes began by explaining how he tried to confront Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday during the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan.
Ocasio-Cortez literally ran away and refused to even acknowledge Valdes.
After the entire situation made headlines, Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesperson Corbin Trent took to Twitter and responded with profanity.
“Yo @RichValdes what in the actual f**k makes you think you’re entitled to a debate with AOC. Pro tip: stalking her at a parade ain’t gonna make it any more likely to happen,” he wrote.
Below is a screenshot of the tweet, which Trent has since deleted:
When grilled by the Post about his tweet, Trent attempted to belittle Valdes.
“She kept walking! The parade moved! It’s a procession! Give me a break,” Trent told the Post. “Tell him to run for office and she’ll debate him.”
A day later, Trent deleted the tweet and admitted that it had been a bad idea.
“I did indeed send that,” he said to The Post. “I did indeed delete it. It didn’t seem that helpful.”
“I regret that so many people right from presidential candidates to right-wing commentators to random people that start organizations think that they’re entitled to people’s time,” he added. “I think she’s spending a ton of time in the district talking about what she’s doing, talking about why she’s doing it and making a case for her policies.”
This has been a bad week for Ocasio-Cortez.
A few days ago, Ocasio-Cortez demanded pay raise and lectured Americans who disagreed with giving lawmakers an additional $4,500 per year.
House Democrats are pushing to give members of Congress an outrageous pay raise.
The Democrats $1 trillion spending package would give congressional lawmakers (both in the House and Senate) a $4,500 bump-up from their annual salaries of $174,000.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez is demanding the raise and firing back at those who are against it:
“It’s not even like a raise,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She called opposition to the pay increase “superficial. … This is why there’s so much pressure to turn to lobbying firms and to cash in on member service after people leave, because precisely of this issue.”
“It may be politically convenient, and it may make you look good in the short term for saying, ‘Oh we’re not voting for pay increases,’ but we should be fighting for pay increases for every American worker,” she added. “We should be fighting for a $15 minimum wage pegged to inflation so that everybody in the United States with a salary with a wage gets a cost of living increase. Members of Congress, retail workers, everybody should get cost of living increases to accommodate for the changes in our economy. And then when we don’t do that, it only increases the pressure on members to exploit loopholes like insider-trading loopholes, to make it on the back end.”
Quite amazing to see the same lawmakers who make $174,000 a year — which is roughly three times the national average median family income — are now trying to argue they don’t make enough money.