The oft gaffe-generating Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was at it again Thursday as she attempted to call out "older male" Republicans for posing next to a cardboard cut-out of her, in a tweet blunder she was swift to delete.
The lawmaker wasn't a Republican, though. He was a fellow Democrat. Rep. John Yarmuth is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which Ocasio-Cortez belongs to.
"GOP: Let's pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators", Ocasio-Cortez had tweeted sarcastically, linking to a tweet from the Kentucky GOP that showed Rep. John Yarmuth next to a cut-out of herself. Yarmouth is the House budget chairman, hailing from the same "House" where Ocasio-Cortez works.
On Thursday, the Republican Party of Kentucky tweeted a photo of Rep. John Yarmuth, a Democrat from the Bluegrass State who chairs the House Budget Committee and has served in Congress since 2007.
Although Ocasio-Cortez rushed to delete the tweet, Twitter exploded in mockery.
.@AOC has deleted the tweet calling @RepJohnYarmuth Kentucky's sole Democratic member of Congress (and House Budget Co chair) one of the GOP's "older male members" but it lives on to infinity… https://t.co/7uDqdZgPoj— lesley clark (@lesleyclark) April 25, 2019
Whether it was "GOP" in the account's name that confused her, or some other reason, Ocasio-Cortez has been on the receiving end of a backlash from conservatives, who have been revelling in spreading screengrabs of the tweet.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) thinks Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is a Republican member of Congress.— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 25, 2019
It literally says in the tweet that she is quoting that Yarmuth is a Democrat.
AOC doesn't even know who her Democrat colleagues in Congress are, how embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/p9mxv2qwxw
That's John Yarmuth, the lone Kentucky Democrat they're mocking in their tweet, not an older, male GOP congressman.— David J. Loehr (@dloehr) April 25, 2019
You'd like John, you should get to know him, he's a good guy.
While some reasoned she'd done it purposefully, others offered Ocasio-Cortez some advice, with even John Yarmuth himself weighing in with a twitter response.
I was a Republican 35 years ago, but I think I have become wiser as an older, white, male Democrat. I simply wanted everyone to know I welcome @RepAOC in Kentucky, regardless of what old white male Republicans think. https://t.co/WOY7bIy6Yf— Rep. John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) April 25, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has been frequently publicly mocked for reported cluelessness on matters of government and a complete lack of understanding of economics.
Whether or not due to frequent media ridicule, Ocasio-Cortez earlier this month claimed that she was cutting down on use of social media and quitting Facebook, calling it a “public health risk”.