- The Washington Times
Thursday, January 9, 2020

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday accused Republican Rep. John Rutherford of racism after he blasted congressional Democrats for being “Ayatollah sympathizers.”

The exchange started after Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal told reporters on Wednesday that President Trump “recklessly assassinated” Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani with “no evidence of an imminent threat or attack.”

Mr. Rutherford responded to Ms. Jayapal’s comment on Twitter, accusing her of spreading false propaganda.

“I was in the same briefing as you, @RepJayapal, and this is absolutely false,” he wrote. “You and your squad of Ayatollah sympathizers are spreading propaganda that divides our nation and strengthens our enemies.”

While Mr. Rutherford didn’t refer to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez directly, she and her group of freshmen Democratic congresswomen of color are often referred to as the “Squad.”

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez responded by mocking the congressman.

“I find it highly amusing that my coworkers angrily yell stuff like this and then clutch their pearls and cry when they are called out for their racism,” she tweeted.

Ms. Jayapal similarly accused Mr. Rutherford of racism and retweeted several other users who said the same.

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