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AOC hits back at Laura Ingraham's criticism of her Vanity Fair cover in scathing tweet

Louise Hall
·2-min read
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses media as she arrives to vote early at a polling station in The Bronx, New York City (REUTERS)
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez addresses media as she arrives to vote early at a polling station in The Bronx, New York City (REUTERS)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has hit back at criticism from Fox News’ Laura Ingraham over her appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair  wearing “outfits worth $14,000”.

On Thursday Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a scathing response to Ingraham’s retweet of the broadcasters article titled: “AOC appears in Vanity Fair in outfits worth $14,000 to curse out Trump”

"100 per cent worth it, would do it again," the progressive Democratic representative said.

The congresswoman, who is bidding for re-election in New York's 14th congressional district, then went one step further to undermine the broadcaster's criticism of her with sarcastic follow-up.

She added: “(& I don’t know if you’ve been in a photoshoot Laura, but you don’t keep the clothes.)"

AOC argued that the rhetoric used in the article was part of a wider Republican strategy to "willfully act stupid" and called the party “sad”.

"The whole ‘she wore clothes in a magazine, let’s pretend they’re hers’ gimmick is the classic Republican strategy of ‘let’s willfully act stupid, and if the public doesn’t take our performative stupidity seriously then we’ll claim bias’," she tweeted.

The Democrat concluded: “GOP, get yourselves together. It’s sad."

The Vanity Fair cover shows Ocasio-Cortez standing in front of a wall of pink garden roses, wearing a white, double-breasted suit by New York-based label Aliétte.

AOC wore a selection of prominent designers for the feature, including recent CFDA winner Christopher John Rogers, Loewe, Christian Louboutin, and Wales Bonner.

Commenters were quick to refer back to revelations included in The New York Times’ tax report that President Donald Trump wrote off $70,000 in hairstyling expenses tied to The Apprentice.

Others noted that when First Lady Melania Trump appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair Mexico in 2017 she was photographed twisting a fork around an extravagant silver necklace as if to eat the jewelry.

“In Melania's cover she was literally covered and 'eating’ diamonds,” one user said.

The stream of tweets from AOC quickly went viral, with the first two gathering over 80,000 likes within the hour they were posted.

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