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Rep Ocasio-Cortez Apologizes to Trump Jr Over Alleged 'Abuse of Power'

© REUTERS / Jonathan ErnstU.S. Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
U.S. Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - Sputnik International
Earlier, the then soon-to-be-sworn-in House representative from New York responded to Trump Jr's criticism by pointing out that she would as a congresswoman have subpoena power, which some people saw as a direct threat.

Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued an apology to Donald Trump Jr, the son of the US president, over her own tweet posted on 7 December. In it, the newly elected, but at the time not sworn-in congresswoman rebuked Trump Jr's criticism of her and stated that it was not smart of him "to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month".

READ MORE: Ocasio-Cortez Rebuked on Twitter Over Defending 'Impeach Motherf**ker' Slur

The TV host of CBS' "60 Minutes" brought up the incident with Ocasio-Cortez and noted that some people had seen it as an abuse of power by the young congresswoman. She quickly retracted her statements, saying that it was "legal advice that any person would give" Trump Jr, but added that she apologized to him, in case he "felt genuinely threatened".

Trump Jr has so far not commented on Ocasio-Cortez's apology. But twitterians have already reacted to her words. Many of them praised the Democratic congresswoman's response.

Some netizens were specifically satisfied by the fact that Ocasio-Cortez had actually made an apology, something that is rarely heard from politicians, which the TV host noted.

Even Republican twitterians gave her a point.

Many netizens disagreed with Ocasio-Cortez and argued that she had violated the law with her actions.

In the same interview, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Trump Jr's father, US President Donald Trump, claiming that there is "no question" that Trump is a racist, judging by the "words that he uses".  The young congresswoman noted that Trump is a "symptom of the problem", but not its root.

"The president certainly didn't invent racism, but he's certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things", she said.

READ MORE: Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Makes Waves With 'Leaked' Dance Video

Following Ocasio-Cortez's statements, the White House rebuked her accusations by stating that Trump had condemned "racism and bigotry in all forms" on multiple occasions.

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