An online flurry of comments, some of them contentious, has followed Queens-Bronx Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s statement that she will find it difficult to pay her rent before she picks up her first paycheck in January.
Eddie Scarry, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, a conservative website and weekly magazine, posted a photo of Ocasio-Cortez in a suit. He commented in a tweet, “That jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles.”
Scarry later deleted his tweet, but not before it drew thousands of responses. Fox News Geraldo Rivera called criticism of Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes “creepy.” Vox writer Liz Plank objected to Scarry’s use of the term “girl.”
Ocasio-Cortez herself said Scarry’s criticism was misogynist. “If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh and take a picture of my backside,” she wrote. “If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh and take a picture of my backside.”