Ocasio-Cortez takes a dig at Sen. Thom Tillis over naming his dog after ‘conservative’ Teddy Roosevelt

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to troll Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) after he revealed the name of his dog on Monday.

The New York democratic socialist was responding to a tweet from Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio, who wrote, along with a photo of Tillis and his dog, “@SenThomTillis introduces us to Theo, named after [Teddy] Roosevelt.” He added: “’I name all my dogs after conservatives,'” quoting the senator.

“He should name his next one Bull Moose,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in response.

Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, did serve two terms as a Republican, from 1901-1909. After failing to win the GOP nomination again in 1912, however, Roosevelt formed the Bull Moose Party, which was also known as the Progressive Party.

During his presidential years, Roosevelt — one of four U.S. presidents carved into Mount Rushmore — was an environmental advocate, as well as a champion of labor rights and antitrust actions. During his presidency, he also supported an expansion of federal regulations.

Though he ran for the White House and won as a Republican, Roosevelt nevertheless “had broad democratic sympathies” thanks to his time serving as police commissioner of New York City and governor of New York, which made him the first president “with an intimate knowledge of modern urban problems,” Britannica notes.

“Because Congress was securely controlled by a group of archconservative Republicans, the new president had to feel his way cautiously in legislative matters, but he emerged full-grown as a tribune of the people after his triumph in the presidential election of 1904,” the encyclopedia noted further, adding: “By 1906 he was the undisputed spokesman of national progressivism and by far its best publicity agent.”

He was also the first president to refer to the White House as the “bully pulpit.”

Also known as “the conservation president,” Roosevelt’s love for the land was greatly impacted by many years spent in the Old West. During his eight years in office, he “doubled the number of sites within the National Park system,” the National Park Service notes on its website. He also “signed legislation establishing five new national parks: Crater Lake, Oregon; Wind Cave, South Dakota; Sullys Hill, North Dakota (later re-designated a game preserve); Mesa Verde, Colorado; and Platt, Oklahoma (now part of Chickasaw National Recreation Area).”

In 1906, Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act, which had far-reaching implications well beyond his presidency. The act gives presidents the authority to “proclaim historic landmarks, historic or prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest in federal ownership as national monuments.”

The Sherman Antitrust Act had been passed in 1890, but was not utilized by Roosevelt’s predecessors, Grover Cleveland and William McKinley. But because he sensed growing public opinion that large corporations at the time were exploiting workers and consumers.

“Beginning in 1902 with a suit to dissolve a northwestern railroad monopoly, Roosevelt moved next against the so-called Beef Trust, then against the oil, tobacco, and other monopolies. In every case the Supreme Court supported the administration, going so far in the oil and tobacco decisions of 1911 as to reverse its 1895 decision,” Britannica notes.

“In addition, in 1903 Roosevelt persuaded a reluctant Congress to establish a Bureau of Corporations with sweeping power to investigate business practices; the bureau’s thoroughgoing reports were of immense assistance in antitrust cases,” the site adds.

“While establishing the supremacy of the federal government in the industrial field, Roosevelt in 1902 also took action unprecedented in the history of the presidency by intervening on labor’s behalf to force the arbitration of a strike by the United Mine Workers of America against the Pennsylvania anthracite coal operators,” the entry noted further.

Roosevelt became even more aggressive following his reelection in 1904.


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