Ocasio-Cortez apparently attempted to taunt Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) for a picture in which he posed alongside a cardboard cutout of Ocasio-Cortez. Her tweet referred to him as one of the GOP’s “older male members.”
Instead, she misfired at a fellow Democrat who said he took the picture because he “wanted everyone to know” he welcomed Ocasio-Cortez in Kentucky.
Twitter users quickly spotted Ocasio-Cortez’s mistake. She removed the post within minutes, and has not offered an explanation. Her office didn’t immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment.
— Annie Andersen (@Annie_Andersen) April 25, 2019
The Republican Party of Kentucky shared the cutout photo earlier on its Twitter account, saying it “looks like” Ocasio-Cortez is “calling the shots” for the state’s Democrats. That apparently is what sparked Ocasio-Cortez’ tweet.
Yarmuth, chair of the House Budget Committee who has served in Congress since 2007, later explained the cutout photo on Twitter, saying he wanted everyone to know he welcomes Ocasio-Cortez in Kentucky “regardless of what old white male Republicans think.”
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
Some conservatives seized on Ocasio-Cortez’s error.
— NRCC (@NRCC) April 25, 2019
Other tweeters, however, pointed out that President Donald Trump tweets multiple mistruths on most days, almost all of them ignored.
It's totally ridiculous we've decided that @AOC unintentionally tweeting something incorrect and then deleting a tweet is newsworthy but Trump tweets 16 false things per day and deletes none and we ignore almost all of them pic.twitter.com/u0bVyKdOUs
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 25, 2019 RELATED… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Delivers Animated Message From Future About Green New Deal Ocasio-Cortez Shuts Down Accent Critics: I’m From The Bronx, I Talk Like It Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ignored Paul Ryan's 'Little Tips,' And Twitter Loved It Download