President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening has seemingly sparked a feud between a Democratic member of the U.S. Congress and a high school junior.
As much as you would like to think that is a joke, here’s the story from the Daily Caller:
Democratic New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez told pro-Trump teen pundit CJ Pearson that “you’re right to be afraid of us” Tuesday after he referred to her as “the woman next to” Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet about the State of the Union address.
Pearson, 16, had joked on Twitter that “[Ocasio-Cortez] has been talking this entire speech and the woman next to her keeps trying to look the other way” during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Here’s Pearson’s initial tweet:
“The woman next to her,” or Velazquez, responded with what several people interpreted as a threat.
“Hi CJ Pearson, I’m not ‘the woman sitting next to her,’” the Democrat said in response. “[Ocasio-Cortez] and I — and millions like us — are the future of this country. And you’re right to be afraid of us. But you should learn my name.”
The high school junior did not resort to threatening language. Instead, Pearson tactfully replied: “I’m sorry if I bruised your ego but genuinely, I really don’t know who you are. Do less tweeting and more work, Congresswoman. Maybe, then, more Americans will know your name. Be blessed.”
He added: “I’m sorry, Congresswoman, but as [President] Donald Trump said — socialism will NOT be the future of this country. And Nydia, nothing about you nor [Ocasio-Cortez] scares me. It’s your policies — that jeopardize the stability of our nation and the future of my generation — that scares me.”
Pearson added later:
Earlier today, sitting Congresswoman @ReElectNydia told me that I should fear her.
It’s a shame to see elected officials seeking to instill fear into those they’re supposedly supposed to “represent”.
Do better, Congresswoman.
Other people were quick to criticize the Democratic congresswoman for her use of language: