Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shut down Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s attempt to mock her claims on the coronavirus.
The New York Democrat, whose hometown is being ravaged by the COVID-19 outbreak, pointed out that deaths from the viral infection was disproportionately occurring in minority communities.
“COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities,” the lawmaker tweeted. “Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.”
“Inequality is a comorbidity,” she added. “COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.”
That observation and prescribed solution seemed to outrage the right-wing broadcaster, who tried to belittle Ocasio-Cortez by reminding her followers the lawmaker had once worked as a bartender.
The Doctor of Mixology will save us! https://t.co/I6mH9tGyFj
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 3, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez responded by asking Ingraham why she had promoted unproven claims about a coronavirus treatment, and which Twitter eventually deleted as misinformation.
“Didn’t you just put a doctor on your show who faked their employment at Lenox Hill hospital and touted a COVID ‘treatment’ that you tweeted & Twitter had to remove because a man may have died trying self-administer it?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I’m sorry, why are you on TV again?”
Didn’t you just put a doctor on your show who faked their employment at Lenox Hill hospital and touted a COVID “treatment” that you tweeted & Twitter had to remove because a man may have died trying self-administer it?
I’m sorry, why are you on TV again? https://t.co/Lfc6RvtBDS
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020