GOP congressman warns colleagues not to mess with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Screen capture by Hey Kentucky! via YouTube video

A Kentucky GOP congressman has words of advice for his colleagues if they decide to argue with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Don’t. Because she will own you.

“A lot of Republicans are making a mistake picking on her,” said Rep. James Comer.

Ocasio-Cortez is intelligent, he noted, and she has “a movement of millennials,” he said, according to McClatchy’s DC Bureau. Republicans should definitely know what they are talking about if they plan to diss her, he said while co-hosting “Hey Kentucky!” Monday night. Comer made the suggestion following fellow GOPer Rep. Andy Barr’s decision to invite her to visit a Kentucky coal mine.

Comer’s advice went viral Tuesday after Ocasio-Cortez retweeted one of his comments.

“GOP’s getting scared that up-close, their constituents will realize I’m fighting harder for their healthcare than their own Reps.”

Comer retorted:

“LOL, my constituents know that your Socialist policies like #MedicareForAll and #GreenNewDeal will not work.”

Ocasio-Cortez apparently hasn’t responded to that one yet, but Comer was abruptly schooled by one observant Twitter user, who mused:

“LMAO that’s your comeback? How will she ever recover?”

Ocasio-Cortez fascinates Republicans, especially those at Fox News and Fox Business Network. In just a six-week time period from February 25 to April 7, the network and its sister channel mentioned her nearly 3200 times, Salon reports.

Analysis by the progressive media watchdog organization Media Matters for America reported the congresswoman has “become an obsession on Fox News.” It described her as “someone for hosts and guests to demonize, knock down and refer to whenever grievances need to be aired against the Democratic party.”

“Ocasio-Cortez is brought up constantly, even if the topic has nothing to do with her,” Media Matters reported. “Hosts and guests smear and misrepresent Ocasio-Cortez’s agenda, caricaturing it while painting it as radical, dangerous, far-left socialism.”

Comer and Ocasio-Cortez are members of the House Oversight Committee, and she comes to those meetings prepared, Comer said.

“She is smart, and I think we need to be very prepared when we debate her on issues that we’re having a hard time with,” he said. “There’s still a future for coal but we need to make sure we’re debating the right people on that issue.”

Perhaps, in other words, people who aren’t as quick-witted as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

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