Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Elise Stefanik of ’embracing neo-Nazism’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Elise Stefanik on Saturday, accusing the Republican congresswoman from New York of “embracing neo-Nazism.”

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, railed against her conservative colleague on Twitter. His post included a screenshot of a New York Times article that said Stefanik was uprooted by Ocasio-Cortez as the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.

The article also said that Stefanik was “annoyed” that Ocasio-Cortez “didn’t show him the respect she felt he was due.”

“What is it people randomly blaming the mere existence of others for their own descent into neo-Nazism? Like a girl you did this all by yourself,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday, making reference to Stefanik. “Unless her suggestion here is that she started endorsing the big replacement theory because she couldn’t treat me as the helper.”

The so-called Great Replacement Theory is being pushed by some white supremacists who say there is a conspiracy to replace white people with immigrants and other minorities. The ultimate goal, they argue, is to overthrow the country’s political power and erode Western culture as a whole.

Critics have accused Stefanik of echoing some of the theory’s tenets even after the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, in May. The grand replacement theory is said to have been cited by the suspect behind the shooting, which claimed the lives of 10 victims, all black.

However, those critics didn’t stop Stefanik from being re-elected as president of the House Republican Conference last month.

A hardline conservative, Stefanik was among GOP members who challenged the results of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. She has also challenged the official narrative surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol Riot and is a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, attends a press conference in Washington, DC, April 7, 2022. Representative Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York, speaks in Washington, DC, June 24, 2021 Ocasio-Cortez blasted Stefanik for “embracing neo-Nazism” in a tweet over the weekend.
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Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only congressman to condemn Stefanik in recent days.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, also lambasted the GOP lawmaker in a tweet Friday. He asked if Stefanik had addressed the controversy surrounding New York City’s elected representative George Santos, who is facing retaliation for fabricating numerous details about his professional and personal life.

Santos’ Twitter still displays a banner proclaiming that he received an endorsement from Stefanik.

Ocasio-Cortez has already denounced neo-Nazism.

Shortly after the attack on the Capitol nearly two years ago, she criticized Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz for his “apology and denial” of the riot’s “neo-Nazi presence.” Cruz, who faced backlash for spreading lies surrounding the 2020 presidential election, had criticized Biden for drawing comparisons to the Nazi Party following the insurgency.

Newsweek has reached out to Ocasio-Cortez and Stefanik for comment.


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