Republican Senator Rick Scott and Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clashed on social media when he criticized her Green New Deal proposal.
The feud started when Scott, who represents the state of Florida, voiced criticism for anti-gun policies that fellow Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker promoted on the campaign trail. Among other ideas, Booker called for a license requirement for all gun owners.
“The latest terrible idea to come out of the Democrats’ 2020 primary is a federal gun registry. If you want to buy a gun, @CoryBooker wants you to register with the federal government,” Scott said in a tweet.
“What’s next? Will we have to register sharp knives? Maybe @AOC will make us register every time we buy meat as part of her #GreenNewDeal,” the Florida Republican continued. “The Democrats are officially the @BernieSanders Party. They want America to be less prosperous and less free.”
Ocasio-Cortez said Scott’s tweet was “lacking so much critical thinking and honesty.” She also called it “embarrassing to the institution.”
“If you were a female candidate, maybe you’d be called ‘unlikeable,’ ‘crazy,’ or ‘uninformed,'” the New York congresswoman tweeted. “But since you’re not, this inadequacy is accepted as normal.”
Scott defended his tweet as sarcastic and said Ocasio-Cortez had already embarrassed the House of Representatives past the point of no return.
“That a sitting Congresswoman doesn’t understand sarcasm would be embarrassing to the institution if you hadn’t embarrassed yours to the point of irrelevance already,” Scott said. “America rejects socialism and will continue to.”