Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) criticized fellow a Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), on Sunday for calling her “young lady.”

The New York Democrat tweeted the following in response to Manchin: “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.”

“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!”

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets did not refer to Manchin directly.


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However, her comments come just days after Manchin referred to her as a “young lady” while responding to her criticism of his refusal to support the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion social safety net bill. “I keep my door open for everybody,” he said. “That’s totally false. Those type of superlatives, it’s just awful. Continue to divide, divide, divide. I don’t know the young lady that well. I met her one time, between sets here, but that’s it. We have not had any conversations. She is just speculating and saying things because she wants to.”

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