- The Washington Times - Monday, January 7, 2019

Newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez smiled her way through an apology to Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday after she was widely criticized for a tweet that appeared to threaten the president’s eldest son with “subpoena power.”

The New York Democrat, who was sworn in last week as the youngest-serving Congress member, sparked a backlash last month after she clapped back at a meme about socialism shared by Mr. Trump Jr. by warning about her newly acquired power.

“Please, keep it coming Jr - it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, wrote Dec. 7.

Anderson Cooper on “60 Minutes” asked the freshman lawmaker whether she now views her comment as an abuse of power.

“If he felt genuinely threatened by me, I apologize, but I think that, frankly, it’s legal advice that any person would give him,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said, erupting in laughter.

“On the other hand, if you can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen,” she added. “And people know that if you’re going to come after me, you’re opening yourself up.

“People know that my style is sarcastic but honest, and I take people at their word and I will hold them accountable as well,” she continued. “Am I being serious in saying any person who makes fun of me is going to face consequences? Absolutely not, but I will take you down a peg if you’re not being fair.”

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