Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out Manchin for referring to her as 'young lady'

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) blasted Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for calling her “young lady” while scolding her about politics.

Last week, Ocasio-Cortez accused Manchin of opposing the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget proposal because of climate-crisis measures that would irritate his big energy donors. She claimed he holds “weekly huddles with Exxon” and gives lobbyists a “pen to write so-called ‘bipartisan’ fossil fuel bills.”

Manchin responded on CNN Sunday, denying Ocasio-Cortez’s accusation about Exxon meetings.

I keep my door open for everybody,” he said. “It’s totally false.”

He then complained about Ocasio-Cortez.

“Continue to divide, divide, divide,” he said. “I don’t know the young lady that well. I really don’t. I’ve met her one time, I think, between sets here. But that’s it. So, we have not had any conversations. She is just speculating and saying things because she wants to.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Manchin’s comments on Twitter:

Others chimed in to blast Manchin’s patronizing comments:

On Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez became the talk of the Met Gala for wearing a white Brother Vellies gown with the words “TAX THE RICH” scrawled in red down the back.

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