New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed the conservative news website The Daily Caller after it published a photo that circulated on Reddit by a user who falsely claimed it was an image of the congresswoman.
“Here’s the photo some people described as a nude selfie of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” The Daily Caller wrote above the photo, which had already been debunked.
Ocasio-Cortez torched the site on Twitter.
“GOP have been losing their mind + frothing at the mouth all week, so this was just a matter of time,” she wrote. “There is also a Daily Mail reporter (Ruth Styles) going to my boyfriend’s relative’s homes+offering them cash for ‘stories.’ Women in leadership face more scrutiny. Period.”
“For those out of the loop, Republicans began to circulate a fake nude photo of me. The @DailyCaller reposted it (!) and refused to indicate it was fake in the title as well,” she continued. “Completely disgusting behavior from Conservative outlets. No wonder they defended Kavanaugh so fiercely.”
The Daily Caller tried to walk it back, issuing a statement saying, “As soon as editors noticed the twitter headline, we rapidly had it deleted and fixed. The story itself is otherwise no different than what HuffPo and Vice published. We regret the error, as the intent was to inform our audience that a fake image was circulating online.”
“This is not an apology,” Ocasio-Cortez fired back. “You’ve been posting hysteric, misrepresentative articles about me nonstop - many within 24h. The @DailyCaller, funded by @TuckerCarlson (at @FoxNews), has a well-documented relationship with white supremacy. Unsurprising they’re targeting.”
She went on to post an article from the Southern Poverty Law Center titled, “The Daily Caller Has a White Nationalist Problem.”
“The real question is, at what point is their nonstop, targeted behavior considered harassment?” she wrote.
She then posted another video from Vox titled, “Why white supremacists love Tucker Carlson.”
“Many have recognized that @FoxNews has crossed a line beyond conservatism and into outright bigotry with their financing of Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham,” she wrote. “Tucker finances the @DailyCaller, which posted fake nudes of me.”
Conservatives grasp at straws to attack Ocasio-Cortez:
Over the last couple of weeks, conservatives have attempted to “smear” Ocasio-Cortez with fake nude photos, a video that showed her dancing in college, an “exclusive” that “revealed” that Ocasio-Cortez went by the nickname Sandy in college, and epic self-owns attacking her plan to tax the rich 70% on all income over $10 million by showing they don’t know how marginal tax rates work.