On Sunday, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocked Byron Donalds over his bid to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, AOC said the 44-year-old Florida Congressman lacked the experience requisite for the role.
This coming from someone who was tending bar before she became a Congresswoman.
— The Intellectualist (@highbrow_nobrow) October 23, 2023
On Monday, Donalds responded to AOC’s comments during an appearance on Fox’s “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, saying AOC does not know what she’s talking about.
From Fox News:
“Before I got to Congress, I spent 20 years in the financial industry, something that leadership here on Capitol Hill definitely needs,” Donalds said on Fox’s “The Story” with Martha MacCallum on Monday.
“Number two, I spent four years in the legislature in Florida. I chair two committees there, and number three, since being here on Capitol Hill, I’ve worked intimately with members of our leadership team and members all through the conference, both appropriators and authorizers to get some of our biggest pieces of legislation accomplished this Congress,” he said.
He added, “So, with all due respect to Miss Ocasio-Cortez, she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. And if the Democrats are this concerned, I would tell my colleagues see what happens if I become your speaker.”
Ocasio-Cortez jabbed the Republican rep on Sunday, arguing that “he’s only served one term” in the House and submitted “false evidence” during a Biden impeachment hearing.
“I think it helps to know where all the bathrooms are before you run for the U.S. House of Representatives, personally, and I think it helps to have some real experience in one of the most complex legislative bodies in the world before you try to run it,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Her reference to falsified evidence in the impeachment hearing involved a screenshot of text messages between Hunter Biden and President Biden’s brother, James Biden, to further his argument that the president directly benefitted from his family’s foreign business dealings.
Donalds is one of the nine Republicans trying to replace Kevin McCarthy, who was ousted as Speaker. If he wins the party’s nomination, he will need 217 votes to become the next Speaker of the House.