Ocasio-Cortez Attacks WaPo Columnist for Comparing Her to Sarah Palin

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a really against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Boston, Mass., October 1, 2018. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) chastised Washington Post columnist Max Boot Tuesday for comparing her unfavorably to former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Boot — a self-described conservative who has defected from the Republican party out of opposition to President Trump — wrote that, like Palin, Ocasio-Cortez is a “talented young communicator who made a big splash in national politics before having her lack of knowledge painfully exposed.”

Following her shocking upset victory over former Representative Joe Crowley, a powerful six-term incumbent, in the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th district, Ocasio-Cortez garnered a wave of national media attention unusual for a previously unknown congressional candidate. The outsized media attention, which Boot laments in his column, has continued now that Ocasio-Cortez is a freshman congresswoman, allowing her to make a public case for deeply progressive policy proposals like tuition-free higher education and Medicare-for-all.

Given a platform by the media, Ocasio-Cortez has made a habit of responding forcefully to critics on Twitter. Most recently, on Monday, she attacked CNN’s Chris Cilizza for a tweet in which she believed he quoted her out of context. She also questioned on Monday the process by which media outlets fact check lawmakers’ claims, after she was confronted with a negative Washington Post fact check during an interview on Sixty Minutes Sunday.

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