Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shot back at critics who complained that she didn’t show much enthusiasm while attending the State of the Union address, saying President Trump’s speech was an “unsettling night for our country.”
“Why should I be ‘spirited and warm’ for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on her Twitter account after the speech late Tuesday. “Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact.”
Ocasio-Cortez, at 29 the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, was responding to a tweet from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Peggy Noonan, who was remarking on the Democratic women wearing white and took a shot at the freshman lawmaker from New York.
“And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss,” tweeted Noonan, who was President Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter.
Ocasio-Cortez said later Wednesday that her attitude won’t be changing soon.
“They can get used to it because I won’t be smiling for this president anytime soon,” she told the Post.
Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who will run for Congress in 2020, also chimed in on Ocasio-Cortez, who wore a brooch with a photo of the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in December while in custody of Customs and Border Protection.
“@AOC looks like someone who just found out an MS13 gang member in our country illegally committed a murder on a subway platform in her district after she spent months calling for ICE to be abolished. Oh wait …,” she posted on her Twitter page.