During the debate on Thursday, President Trump referred to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by her initials, as she is commonly known: AOC. According to the congresswoman, however, fellow government officials should not utter that phrase.
In a tweet following the debate, the Democratic representative implied that President Trump and other Republicans are sexist if they do not refer to her by her official government title.
“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. Women notice. It conveys a lot,” she tweeted.
“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,” she continued.