Republicans just tried to embarrass Ocasio-Cortez and were immediately humiliated when she called their bluff

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The Republican Party is as obsessed with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)  as they are afraid of her. Fox News runs nonstop coverage on the young Democratic Socialist, giving her free air time and building her national platform even as they attack her for threatening the corrupt, plutocratic governing style of the GOP. Ocasio-Cortez stands strong in the face of all of it and has already proven herself to be an intelligent, savvy, and caring politician.

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Recently, Kentucky Republicans thought they’d concocted a clever stunt to embarrass AOC by inviting her to come visit a coal mine, a reaction to her Green New Deal and push for lower emissions. Presumably, Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY), the man who extended the invitation, believed she would either ignore him or decline, thus proving that she doesn’t care about American workers. Instead, Ocasio-Cortez said she would be “happy” to make the visit.

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An odd fact worth noting is that Barr doesn’t even have any active coal mines in his district, so one must wonder how genuine his offer was.

Since then, Barr had added a cowardly caveat to his invitation by demanding that AOC apologize to Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) after she responded bluntly to some of his bad faith rhetoric about Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN). She absolutely does not owe Crenshaw an apology, and Barr is using this unrelated issue to back out of the invitation. It’s pathetic and just another example of the rank cowardice that infests the modern Republican Party.

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Now, Ocasio-Cortez has taken to Twitter to mock the Republican backtracking. She said the GOP thought they’d be able to catch her with a bluff. They were sorely mistaken.

Shortly after, AOC tweeted about the coal mine invite again, by explaining that she also extended an invitation to Representative Barr to visit the Bronx to discuss climate change. He said no, offering the sad excuse that he wanted to watch an NCAA game. When she offered to fly him home so that he could still catch the game, he declined. Once again, AOC caught him in a bluff. She continues to outmatch and outplay the GOP at every turn.

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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