Ocasio-Cortez defends her claim of Jewish ancestry: ‘Culture isn’t DNA.’ Did Elizabeth Warren tell you that?

US congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came to her own defense after a baffling claim for the first time that she has Jewish ancestry.

The Democratic socialist who will be heading to Washington, D.C. next month to represent her New York district, made the surprising revelation at an event celebrating the eighth and final night of Hanukkah in Queens, according to The Jerusalem Post.

“Before everyone jumps on me – yes, culture isn’t DNA,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday in response to the reactions over her claim.

She spoke publicly about this part of her family history for the first time on Sunday at the event with progressive group, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice.

“So many of our destinies are tied beyond our understanding,” Ocasio-Cortez told those gathered. “One of the things a lot of people don’t know about Puerto Rico, and something we discovered ourselves, is that a long time ago, many generations ago, my family consisted of Sephardic Jews.”

A shocked reaction from an audience member caused laughter as the 29-year-old socialist joked, “He’s like ‘I told you!'”

“The story goes that during the Spanish Inquisition, so many people were forced to convert on the exterior to Catholicism, but on the interior, continued to practice their faith, continued to be who they were, even though they were pressured to not be that on the outside world,” she said, explaining her connection to 15th-century Sephardic Jews.

Her revelation sparked quick reaction on Twitter where Democrats and their ancestry claims already draw plenty of commentary, thanks to one Sen. Elizabeth “Pocahontas”Warren.

Back in July, Ocasio-Cortez awkwardly backtracked as she tried to clarify comments she made accusing Israel of a “massacre” of Palestinians. When pressed she claimed in an interview that she was not an expert on “geopolitics.”

On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to fire back at critics and clarify her remarks about her Jewish ancestry claim.

Naturally, the left celebrated whatever the far-left freshman lawmaker had to say. Snowflakes who have protests and boycotts over cultural appropriation seemed strangely silent on the claim, but plenty of others on Twitter were ready and willing to call her out.

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