GOP Congressman Invited AOC To His District And Immediately Regretted It

Recently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got a rare polite invitation from a Republican to visit his district. During a debate about climate change GOP Rep. Andy Barr invited AOC to visit the coal miners of Kentucky, promising her they’d “tell you what the Green New Deal would mean for their families, their paychecks.” AOC gracefully accepted, and now it seems like Barr has gotten cold feet.

Rep. Barr has revoked the invitation, claiming that Ocasio-Cortez was mean to one of his colleagues, the odious Dan Crenshaw of Texas. Crenshaw was the first GOP lawmaker to twist Muslim Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s speech about 9/11 in an attempt to smear her.

Omar—who has received death threats—was making a point about Muslims losing civil liberties post-9/11 but Crenshaw decided to take her out of context to claim she was downplaying a terrorist attack. Ocasio-Cortez took issue with his bullsh*t framing and called Crenshaw out for his failure to support the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet calling out Crenshaw’s fake outrage led to more fake outrage from Barr, who used the incident to back out of hosting Ocasio-Cortez in his district.

But one of Barr’s GOP colleagues from Kentucky, Rep. James Comer, seemed to suggest Barr’s demand for an apology about something completely unrelated could be a face-saving political stunt (which could be motivated by the fact Barr has no coal mines in his district). Comer said he didn’t see “any upside” to having Ocasio-Cortez come to the bluegrass state and praised the congresswoman as “intelligent” and “well-prepared.” AOC noticed.

Barr may be a victim of Fox News Brain and actually believe the Green New Deal is the cow-killing, airplane-banning monstrosity the right-wing media makes it out to be, but when Ocasio-Cortez accepted his invitation she clued him in to the reality.

“I’d also like to note that in the Green New Deal, one of the things that I advocate for is fully funding the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia,” she said. “Because we want a just transition to make sure we’re investing in jobs across those swaths of the country.”

In more bad news for Barr, Ocasio-Cortez is still planning on making the trip to Kentucky (and presumably, local news).

“Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky. We don’t need Congressman Barr to meet with coal miners and have a town hall, though we’d love his participation if we do,” Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman told the Courier-Journal.

Now, AOC is using the revoked invitation as tweet fodder, firing off a couple choice dunks today to let Barr (and everyone else) know she’s neither fooled by nor afraid of this kind of weak political maneuvering.

Congratulations to the lucky people in Barr’s district who will soon get to see what a real public servant acts like.

h/t: GQ, Mediaite