Democrats expressed outrage this week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman New York Democrat and viral star, helped to break up a press conference by the Republican National Committee (RNC) after shouting down group Reporters for Freedom of the Press.
Tensions had broken out after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) were interrupted by a group of reporters who were asking questions.
During one such interruption, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “Mr. Speaker, we are going to win this debate.”
“Ugh. Great to be able to interrupt — and the responsibility of making sure Dems aren’t not just sitting back and asking for access, but actually getting answers,” said Paul Tharp, a political correspondent for the Daily Beast, in response to Ocasio-Cortez.
Tharp said that Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues were “absent for Democrats. The media just gave some excuse to give the press conference to the Trump. Republicans! Of course, they [the Democrats] got both, and the media loves this.”
Later in the meeting, New York Rep. Kathleen Rice (D) stood up and asked Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) if he was voting for Biden for President. “Yes, I’m voting for Joe,” Costello said, eliciting boos from the room.
Media outlets such as Fox News, MSNBC and CNN reported that Ocasio-Cortez came to Costello’s defense.
“Why don’t you quit politics? Why don’t you make these baseless attacks against people, and I will ignore it,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.
“You know, when you come to get financial aid, college you get it without voting,” Costello replied.
Costello said later that he was “going to have to have a new pillow.”
CNN reached out to Ocasio-Cortez, but the freshman representative’s communications team said she was on her way out of the office.