Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was quick to express her take on Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on July 10, and she has continued the “conversation” on Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez, 31, is a self-described “Democratic Socialist” and was elected to Congress in 2018 after working as a bartender and community activist. Boebert, 34, owned a restaurant business with her husband and was elected to Congress in 2020. The two outspoken lawmakers have exchanged barbs in the past.
Boebert based her campaign in part on running against Ocasio-Cortez and her legislative priorities specifically and referring to her as a communist. “I am ready to be the one that steps up for conservative values and takes on AOC,” she told Colorado voters.
Boebert had just been sworn in as a freshman representative when the Capital riot occurred on January 6. AOC and others challenged her for tweeting her location along with others in House offices during the day.
Boebert was a Saturday speaker at CPAC in Dallas and told the enthusiastic crowd: “We’re here to tell the government we don’t want your benefits. We don’t want your welfare. Don’t come knocking on my door, and you leave us the hell alone!”
By Saturday evening, AOC couldn’t resist the opportunity to quote-tweet a clip of Boebart’s speech along with a dose of sarcastic praise: “Tell ‘em loud and proud girl! GOP will strip your unemployment protections and dismantle any semblance of a public safety net we have left! Then make working people pay way more for everything on low wages while Wall St gets a meal ticket! Good ol conservative values, baby!”
After that tweet, Boebert responded with her quote-tweet telling AOC that “nobody is taking safety nets away.”
AOC has often referred to her grandmother, or her “Abuela,” when writing or speaking to support more extensive government assistance programs. Boebert continued her reply, “Ask Abuela how that government reliance is going. Growing up in a Democrat household, I stood in line for bread and government cheese. I want more for your grandma, just as I did for me.”
“Don’t limit the American dream,” Boebert concluded.
AOC couldn’t resist a quick response.
“Thank you for proving to the world that today’s version of ‘conservative role model’ is a person who mocks other people’s ill grandparents on the internet. I can promise you I will treat your family better than you do mine. And I’ll fight for your constituents more, too,” AOC quipped.
Boebert appears to be well-positioned inside AOC’s headspace. With both representatives already beginning comments on the demonstrations occurring in Cuba, the next rounds are sure to be interesting.