Firebrand progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—colloquially known as "AOC"— is used to being dismissed by her Republican colleagues in Congress.
Whether they're insulting her intelligence, calling her sexist epithets, or falsely claiming that she hates the United States, Republican lawmakers have spent the past two years painting Ocasio-Cortez as one of the most formidable enemies to Americans' livelihoods and safety.
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez called out Republican hypocrisy when she noted that the far-right media outlet Project Veritas—known for secretly recording and selectively editing videos as well as working to plant fake stories to entrap reporters—received half a million dollars from the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep businesses afloat through the pandemic.
AOC noted that Black-owned businesses were routinely shut out of these loans and that Project Veritas has decried government assistance programs.
That's when Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)—a fervent supporter of frequent tweeter President Donald Trump—tried to call the Congresswoman out for tweeting too much.
But Ocasio-Cortez—famous for her Twitter clapbacks—wasn't fazed.
Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that, only one day before, her office recruited thousands of volunteer tutors through her Homework Helpers program to work with students in New York's 14th District struggling with remote learning. Just before that, she'd questioned Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a Wednesday House Financial Services Committee hearing.
People relished AOC's retort.
Twitter users found it especially ironic that Rubio would criticize AOC's Twitter presence, considering the President he supports coupled with Rubio's own daily bible verse tweets.