The feud between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Joe Manchin heated up over the weekend, with the progressive firebrand hitting back at the moderate Democrat for referring to her as a “young lady.”
“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 (D-NY) wrote in a posting on Twitter that included a winking emoji.
“Imagine if every time someone referred to someone as ‘young lady’ they were ask responded to by being addressed with their age and gender?” the 31-year-old asked in another tweet.
“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!,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The 74-year-old Manchin was responding to allegations by Ocasio-Cortez that he “huddles” weekly with Exxon during an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” when he made the reference.
“I don’t know that young lady that well. I really don’t. I met her one time between sets here, but that’s it. We’ve not had any conversations. She’s just speculating and saying things,” Manchin said.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed that Manchin, who opposes President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending plan that includes funds to combat climate change, has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry.
She made the allegations after Manchin wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal explaining why he won’t support the spending bill.
”Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called ’bipartisan’ fossil fuel bills. It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this ’bipartisan’ corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation,” she said in the Sept. 2 tweet.