AOC Hits Back At Trump Using Her Nickname During Presidential Debate

She condemned Trump’s use of her nickname, saying it advertised his and other GOP members’ disrespect of women.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and President Trump | Getty Images
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and President Trump | Getty Images

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hit back at President Trump after he said “AOC plus three,” referencing her and her fellow lawmakers, during a discussion about climate policy at the second presidential debate. Ocasio-Cortez said the president's comments underscored his “disrespect of women.”

“If someone told me 3 years ago, while I was waitressing to help my family stay afloat, that in a few short years an unhinged President of the United States would be repeatedly saying my name at the 2020 debate, I would’ve brought them some water and told them to sober up,” the first-term lawmaker AOC wrote on Twitter after the debate on Thursday. 

During the live event, which took place Thursday at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Trump name-dropped the New York representative while debating Democratic nominee Joe Biden on the climate crisis. 

"If you look at his plan—his environmental plan, you know who developed it? AOC plus three. They know nothing about the climate. I mean she's got a good line of stuff but she knows nothing about the climate," Trump said.

The president appeared to reference the Green New Deal, which Biden said at the first presidential debate that he does not support. (In an earlier town hall, the former VP said he didn’t think the plan “is too much.”) Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) unveiled the package of legislation in early 2019 which aims to address the climate crisis and economic inequality.

Biden has proposed a $2 trillion clean energy plan hailed by progressive activists, many of whom have attributed the work of the Sen. Bernie Biden-Sanders task force set up on climate with representatives from both campaigns.

The president has also previously used the term “AOC plus three” to refer to Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ilhan Omar (MN) — also popularly known as “The Squad.”

Ocasio-Cortez condemned Trump’s use of her nickname “AOC,” saying it advertised his and other GOP members’ disrespect of women.

“I wonder if Republicans understand how much they advertise their disrespect of women in debates when they consistently call women members of Congress by nicknames or first names while using titles & last names when referring to men of = stature,” she said. “Women notice. It conveys a lot.”

She then added, “AOC is a name given to me by community & the people. Y’all can call me AOC. Government colleagues referring to each other in a public or professional context (aka who don’t know me like that) should refer to their peers as ‘Congresswoman,’ ‘Representative,’ etc. Basic respect 101.”

AOC, who is no stranger to sexism and racist attacks from Republican men, including the president himself, also called out Vice President Mike Pence for referring to her by her nickname during the vice presidential debate earlier this month.