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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Described How She Is Treated After Winning a House Election at 28 Versus How Paul Ryan Was Treated at the Same Age, and It Says It All


In November, Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez became a phenom when she, at age 28, shocked the political establishment by defeating 10 term Democrat Joe Crowley for the Democratic nomination for New York's 14th district earlier this year.

Since then, she has become a lightning rod for conservatives, who have criticized her clothing and treated as clueless.

On Monday, the soon to be Congresswoman took to Twitter to address what she sees as a distinct double standard in how she is treated:

"Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius," Ocasio-Cortez wrote, "and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud."

Ocasio-Cortez has made a name for herself as a champion of Medicare for all and a Green New Deal to combat climate change and create jobs in sustainable energy. She has called for higher salaries for staffers and for more young people to run for office.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, by contrast, has spent his career pushing policies that benefit the richest Americans while cutting social programs for the poor. This is despite having grown up on social security survivor benefits he inherited from his father.

Thus, Ryan's ongoing hypocrisy on social programs was glaring.

People had Ocasio-Cortez's back.

As for Klein's take on Ryan, Twitter had some feedback of its own - and it does not look like Ryan will be fondly remembered.

Ryan's capitulation to boorish President Donald Trump also did not sit well with Klein.

Klein said in his editorial:

"Ryan proved himself and his party to be exactly what the critics said: monomaniacally focused on taking health insurance from the poor, cutting taxes for the rich, and spending more on the Pentagon. And he proved that Republicans were willing to betray their promises and, in their embrace of Trump, violate basic decency to achieve those goals."