In the progressive-controlled world we live in today, hypersensitive social justice warriors have society navigating one minefield after another when it comes to our words and actions, where simple, traditional practices such as referring to a young lady as a “young lady” can draw umbrage.
Just ask U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who whined about what she called patronizing behavior when U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. did just that.
Manchin appeared on the Sunday talk shows to toss a wrench into his party’s plans to pass a massive $3.5 trillion spending bill, saying he does not support the measure because “it makes no sense at all” — his hesitancy to go along with the radical left’s often destructive agenda leaves him a frequent target of backlash.
While appearing on CNN, network host Dana Bash propped up AOC as a force in the party by asking the senator to respond to recent criticism from the former bartender and self-avowed democratic socialist that he was essentially in bed with the fossil fuel industry — in addition to the unprecedented spending bill being a smorgasbord for left-wing social justice causes, it’s also a New Green Energy dream come true.
“I keep my door open for everybody. It’s totally false. Those type of superlatives…continue to divide, divide, divide,” Manchin countered.
“I don’t know that young lady that well. I really don’t. I have met her one time, I think, between sets here. But that’s it,” he added. “So we have not had any conversations. She’s just speculating and saying things because she wants to.”
A perpetual victim, Ocasio-Cortez thrives when she can portray herself as being the target of sexist or racist attacks, which is how she responded to Manchin’s remarks.
“In Washington, I usually know my questions of power are getting somewhere when the powerful stop referring to me as ‘Congresswoman’ and start referring to me as ‘young lady’ instead,” she tweeted.
“Imagine if every time someone referred to someone as “young lady” they were ask responded to by being addressed with their age and gender? They’d be pretty upset if one responded with “the old man,” right?” Ocasio-Cortez added. “Why this kind of weird, patronizing behavior is so accepted is beyond me!”
Imagine if every time someone referred to someone as “young lady” they were ask responded to by being addressed with their age and gender? They’d be pretty upset if one responded with “the old man,” right? Why this kind of weird, patronizing behavior is so accepted is beyond me!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 13, 2021
Manchin told host Bash it’s not possible to get the bill done responsibly and passed by an end-of-the-month deadline, saying that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., “will not have my vote, and Chuck knows that.”
Which is what’s really driving AOC’s scorn.
Her attack on Manchin came earlier this month, with all the overhyped drama you’d expect from the left, as the lawmaker exploited the storms and flooding in New York from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
“It’s killing people,” she bemoaned, in a swipe at those who support fossil fuels.
Manchin has weekly huddles w/ Exxon & is one of many senators who gives lobbyists their pen to write so-called “bipartisan” fossil fuel bills.
It’s killing people. Our people. At least 12 last night. Sick of this “bipartisan” corruption that masquerades as clear-eyed moderation. https://t.co/KW8w7HUhvT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 2, 2021
As for the attacks on him from fellow Democrats, Manchin brushed it off.
“You’re entitled to your own facts — I mean, your own opinions,” he told Dash. “You’re just not entitled to create your own facts to support it. And that’s exactly what they’re doing.”
As for social media users, there were plenty who say Ocasio-Cortez’s whining was much ado over nothing. Here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
Describing someone as “That young lady over there” is fine.
Calling someone “young lady”, as in “Listen to me, young lady” is demeaning them.
— Jonathon Schwendler (@SchwenShady) September 13, 2021
M’am isn’t much better.
— Cathy (@swanson_cathy) September 13, 2021
Patronizing perhaps but in the wider scheme of things, does it really matter? Does it affect how you work? Does it impact on your level of influence? Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity – Ecclesiastes 1:2
— A bim bola (@bimbo_chopeski) September 13, 2021
It’s beyond you because you are young. You will do it also as an older woman. News flash, millenials don’t know everything and their perspective is in fact not infallible. I know that’s hard.
— Nothankyou (@Nothank99778547) September 13, 2021
You know, I find myself using the term ” young lady” as opposed to the overused “Miss”. And I feel like it’s better than “Hey You” or (and here’s my fav) “Hey Worker Bee”. Some greetings you can’t control.
— Carla W. Kennedy (@pinkasaurus) September 13, 2021
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