AOC tangles with Crenshaw after he mocks crying over sparkling water, educates her on his old job

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Reps. Dan Crenshaw and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez traded barbs online Saturday after the self-described New York Democratic socialist suggested GOP lawmakers like the Texas Republican can’t relate to ordinary Americans.

Ocasio-Cortez initially responded to comments the Texas Republican made during an event supporting Georgia Sen. David Purdue, who is in a run-off battle with Democratic rival Jon Ossoff next month.

“These people are nuts. It’s not just [New York Democratic Sen.] Chuck Schumer. Chuck Schumer is controlled by people like AOC, who believes that the biggest hardship in life was figuring out whether it was still or sparkling and you don’t know hardship until you’ve cried in the back,” Crenshaw said, according to a clip posted by Democratic activist Lauren Windsor.

The retired U.S. Navy SEAL combat vet was referencing several tweets from Ocasio-Cortez, including one in which she appeared to reference her days as a bartender and waitress.

“I was thinking, I was like, geez, I’m so glad I didn’t have to do that in my former career. That was our biggest problem in the mountains of Afghanistan, was figuring out do we offer them still or sparkling and what if they don’t like it? Rough out there, man,” Crenshaw added, to laughter.

“That’s Congress these days. We cannot give these people control. We cannot give these people control,” Crenshaw added.

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Ocasio-Cortez responded in a tweet claiming that the Texas Republican was trashing working-class Americans.

“The GOP acts like they care, but behind closed doors, this is what they actually say about the working class. Good to know how little you truly think of food workers, @DanCrenshawTX. I wonder: did you have catering while bonding w/ wealthy donors over your disdain for the poor?” she wrote.

“Lol thank you for highlighting how ridiculous you sound. We ‘republican elites’ who fought in the mountains of Afghanistan will just go ahead and check our privilege,” Crenshaw fired back.

Previously, the Bronx Democrat suggested broadly that Republicans were out-of-touch with ordinary Americans who work labor-intensive jobs, but got fact-checked by several GOP lawmakers whose life experiences far surpass her own.

“The thing that these conservative Senators don’t seem to understand is that I’ve actually had a physically difficult working-class job without good healthcare most of my adult life. I bring that work ethic to Congress & to my community. They sit around on leather chairs all day,” she wrote on Thursday.

GOP lawmakers and Republican figures responded with summaries of their blue-collar work histories prior to being elected to Congress.

“This comment is ridiculous stereotyping.  I delivered newspapers year-round on foot or on my bike for several years. Worked numerous doubles in Respiratory Therapy where a mistake could result in death.  Worked nearly full time to pay for college.  What do I not understand?” Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.), replied.

“Between working my family’s hog farm, construction jobs with my dad, and the biscuit line at Hardee’s — not to mention running convoys in a combat zone — I can promise you this conservative Senator knows exactly what it’s like to work a physically demanding job,” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a retired U.S. Army officer and combat vet, wrote.

Jon Dougherty

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