The conservative Fox News network was in hysterics after progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (colloquially known as AOC) of New York posted a recent tweet.
Though Ocasio-Cortez has no say in the COVID-19 policies of New York City, conservatives insisted that the Congresswoman's recent trip to Florida—a state known for its lax pandemic protocols—was a sign of hypocrisy on her part.
In one deranged response, former Trump advisor Steve Cortes highlighted a photo of Ocasio-Cortez having a drink outside with her boyfriend. Cortes was particularly focused on her boyfriend's "gross pale male feet."
The Congresswoman responded by noting the "sexual frustrations" evident in many Republican male criticisms of her.
Though many conservatives inaccurately presented the Congresswoman's response as saying all critiques against her were inherently sexual, it's undeniable that sexism and sexuality have been major factors in the backlash she's received since being sworn in back in 2019.
During her very first year in Congress, a Facebook group comprised of nearly 10 thousand border patrol agents—whom the Congresswoman has vocally criticized—mockingly posted fake but graphic pictures of Ocasio-Cortez being sexually assaulted. That same year, widely-read conservative sites like the Daily Caller eagerly circulated a fake nude photo of the Congresswoman. Just last year, one of her colleagues—Republican Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida—called her a "f***ing b**ch" in front of reporters. Those are just a few examples.
All that aside, Fox News panelists eagerly hopped on the airwaves to deliver their outrage. Among these panelists was Trump's former and final White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany.
"You are engaging in juvenile behavior saying 'Republicans are mad they cannot date me,' AOC? Come on now. Tweet something befitting of your position as a United States Congresswoman. Not this juvenile behavior that I think a middle schooler would engage in. Not, again, a sitting Congresswoman."
If you're lucky enough to not know why McEnany balking at "juvenile behavior" on Twitter is a mind-numbing take, here's a refresher.
McEnany's old boss, former President Donald Trump, was long-infamous for his Twitter antics until he was banned after the lies he spread there sparked a deadly failed insurrection.
Trump used Twitter to call North Korea's Kim Jong-Un "short and fat," to post a video of himself beating the CNN logo in a wrestling match, and to accuse MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski of "bleeding badly from a face-lift." And those (among countless others) were just in his first year in office.
During her own tenure as press secretary, McEnany defended Trump's tweet shaming Nascar for banning the confederate flag at its races, defended Trump's tweet admiringly sharing a video that included one of his supporters shouting "White power!", defended Trump's tweet suggesting a 75 year old beaten by police was secretly antifa, defended Trump's tweet using the presidency to call for the boycott of a private company, and—well, you get the idea.
People were amazed at the shamelessness of her comments.
One word especially came to mind.
Not a good look.