- The Washington Times - Friday, November 16, 2018

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore into a Washington Examiner reporter on Twitter Thursday after he posted a photo of her “backside” in a comment about her fashion choices.

Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry tweeted a photo of the 29-year-old Democrat from behind as she walked down a hallway on Capitol Hill.

“Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles,” Mr. Scarry wrote.

His tweet followed Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s story last week that she can’t yet afford an apartment in Washington until her congressional salary kicks in next year. The former waitress and self-described democratic socialist has used her situation as an example of the struggle working class people face when they’re elected to Congress.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez interpreted Mr. Scarry’s tweet as sexist.

“If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside,” she responded. “If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light - that’s why you tune it out. Shine bright & keep it pushing.”

Mr. Scarry’s tweet prompted a wave of criticism, to which he initially pushed back, using his newfound attention to promote his book, “Fraud and Fiction.” He eventually deleted the offending tweet saying it had been taken out of context.

“I posted a tweet earlier suggesting the incoming congresswoman looked well put together — ELEGANT even — despite suggestions she’s struggled,” he wrote. “The tweet was taken as something else, so I’ve deleted it!”

But Ms. Ocasio-Cortez was having none of it.

The Examiner’s breaking news editor, Daniel Chaitin, said Mr. Scarry’s tweet was “not a proud moment” for the conservative outlet.

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