During the final presidential debate on Thursday night, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flipped after President Trump dared to refer to her as “AOC.”
Trump had brought up the congresswoman and her Green New Deal during the debate. For so long, Trump has been trying to link Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s environmental agenda with the Green New Deal proposal.
In response to his calling her “AOC,” she tweeted, “If someone told me three years ago, while I was waitressing to help my family stay afloat, that in a few short years an unhinged President of the United States would be repeatedly saying my name at the 2020 debate, I would’ve brought them some water and told them to sober up.”
She added, “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. Women notice. It conveys a lot.”
“AOC is a name given to me by community & the people,” she went on. “Y’all can call me AOC. 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.”
However, her remarks earned criticism and scorn from the public. One Twitter user said, “Why is it disrespectful. Even leftist media calls her AOC. Just seems like she’s just capitalizing on a chance to make Trump look like a misogynist for no reason.”
Daily Wire podcast host Michael Knowles also joined in and said, “He called Joe Biden ‘Joe.’ Get over yourself.”
BlazeTV host Lauren Chen felt it important to teach AOC about nicknames. “AOC is not a nickname. They’re your initials. JFK is also not a nickname. The FBI, again, is not a nickname. You can maybe say that Trump should’ve still used your official title, but Obama was also referenced sans title, and you don’t see him whining about it on Twitter…”
Even author Chad Felix Greene told her to “calm down” and that she was “not special.”
Watch HuffPost’s video of Trump referring to the congresswoman as “AOC” and her reactions to it.