If there’s one thing that unifies conservatives, it’s their endless quest to harass Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Congresswoman has a lot going for her: policies that actually make sense, a great social media presence, and a personality that people actually, well, like. For these reasons, it seems, people on the right can’t wait to bring her down. “Nude” pictures (allegedly) of her feet? Dancing in college? Having a nickname in high school? Scandal attempts she was, luckily, able to stomp out.
The latest attempt happened on Valentine’s Day. Like most of these faux scandals, it took off on Twitter, and that’s also where Rep. Ocasio-Cortez put it to rest.
Here’s how it shook out.
A user identified as Luke Thompson on Twitter posted this tweet, along with a screenshot:
While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019
It went viral among the right. Before long, Katrina Pierson, a senior Trump advisor for 2020, got in on the social media wave, sharing:
Her jobs for everyone starts with her boyfriend. Pure socialism, government chooses the winners and losers. https://t.co/KEk2qyF3RJ
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) February 15, 2019
Does Roberts (who is, in fact, Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend) now have a cushy government job all thanks to her insider connections? No. As reported by the Washington Post, a spokesperson for the chamber’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer clarified, “from time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.”
Also speaking to the Post, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, said:
“Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s partner, Mr. Roberts, has no official position, paid or otherwise, with her congressional office. Members of Congress have very tightly scheduled calendars that their family members and partners are allowed to access to make personal plans around official schedules.”
When Ocasio-Cortez responded herself, she said basically the same thing:
Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.
Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019
Would Ocasio-Cortez have even a quarter of this hysteria if she were a white man? We all know the answer to that.