Laura Ingraham on Tuesday night asked guest Joe diGenova if he noticed that the freshman lawmaker “puts on accents” when she introduces herself.
“She does the Latina thing where she does her, you know, ’Anastasio Ocasio-Cortez,” diGenova replied, saying her name incorrectly and with an exaggerated accent.
In a series of tweets, Ocasio-Cortez gave them her own definition of “the Latina thing.”
Then she offered up a pro tip on her last name:
If by ‘the Latina thing,’ she means I actually do the work instead of just talk about it, then yeah, I’m doing ‘the Latina thing.’— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
Unless of course she‘s talking about being multilingual, which we know isn’t a ‘Latina thing.’
It’s a ‘21st century’ thing.https://t.co/v41dAyjshP
Siri, show me the brand of ‘economic anxiety’ that mocks Americans of color as unintelligent + unskilled, while *also* mocking those same Americans for speaking more languages than you: pic.twitter.com/HXBC7Osexu— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
“How dare they refuse to say their name in a wrong accent & not mangle their own family name so that I can feel more comfortable instead of look inside myself & examine why something as small as *a person’s name* makes me uncomfortable in the first place?? This is an outrage!” https://t.co/ArYd28WVcv— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
By the way: Fox News likes to say my name (incorrectly) as “Cortez,” which I can only imagine is bc that sounds more ‘stereotypically’ Hispanic + probably incites more ‘anxiety’ for them.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
My last name is not “Cortez,” just as theirs isn’t “Ingra” or “Carl” or “Hann.”
My last name is Ocasio-Cortez. Full stop. That’s my name.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
No, you can’t say “Cortez.” I’ve never used that in my life. “Cortez” is referring to someone else.
Even if they‘re trying to be rude + wrong, my dad’s last name was Ocasio anyway.
(His name was hyphenated too, though.)
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.