Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deletes tweet after mistaking a Democrat for a Republican

Rebecca Morin

Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deleted a tweet Thursday after she attempted to call out "older male" Republicans for posing next to a cardboard cutout of her.

The lawmaker wasn't a Republican, though. He was a fellow Democrat.

The Republican Party of Kentucky on Thursday 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.

In a popular meme format, the New York congresswoman retweeted the Kentucky GOP post, adding: "Nobody: [Silence] GOP: Let’s pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators."

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The tweet from the Kentucky GOP claimed that it looks like Ocasio-Cortez is "calling the shots for [Kentucky Democrats] now," including the photo of Yarmuth.

Yarmuth responded later on Twitter: "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," Yarmuth tweeted.

Some Republican commentators called out Ocasio-Cortez's blunder.

The photo of Yarmuth embracing Ocasio-Cortez's cardboard cutout comes weeks after the Louisville chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America last month threatened to find a primary challenger for the Kentucky lawmaker after he didn't immediately say he would support Medicare for All. 

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"We think @RepJohnYarmuth should ask Joe Crowley what happens to representatives that break promises and oppose Medicare for All," the group tweeted. "Maybe @AOC can tell you where to find him nowadays."

Ocasio-Cortez upset 10-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in last year's New York primary. The win led her to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She's 29.

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