Politics Ocasio-Cortez responds to Lindsey Graham debate swipe: You folded 'like a wet napkin'
How South Carolina became one of 2020’s most unexpected Senate battlegrounds
The historically Republican state is now considered a toss-up.In a state where no Democrat has won a Senate seat for more than two decades, former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison has fielded an incredibly strong challenge to incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham, a high-profile Trump ally. Although early polling had Harrison lagging Graham by as much as 17 percentage points in February, recent surveys have the two lawmakers in a statistical tie.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Saturday responded to Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) debate swipe against her from the previous night, saying the GOP senator "folded like a wet napkin."
During Graham'sagainst his Democratic challenger, Jamie Harrison, the incumbent senator said his rival would go "down the AOC road" on South Carolina's climate policy, warning it would be devastating to the state's economy.
Ocasio-Cortez tore into the longtime GOP lawmaker in a tweet Saturday, writing, "I'm not sure you believe in *anything* except preserving yourself. & let's not get started on your climate denial."
4 winners and 5 losers from the last Biden-Trump debate
Joe Biden was a winner — as was moderator Kristen Welker.The first debate was a chaotic disaster thanks to Trump’s constant interruptions; the second one didn’t happen because Trump refused to agree to debate virtually while he had Covid-19 (they had dueling town halls instead). This time around, better moderation and the handy use of a mute button allowed both candidates to express their thoughts — leading to a mix of actual substantive policy exchanges and less-than-coherent mudslinging about families and personal finance.
"I've seen a lot of spinelessness in DC, but you're at the top when it comes to folding on your own values like a wet napkin. SC deserves better, Ocasio-Cortez added.
.I'm not sure you believe in *anything* except preserving yourself. & let's not get started on your climate denial.
I've seen a lot of spinelessness in DC, but you're at the top when it comes to folding on your own values like a wet napkin.
SC deserves better.- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)
Friday's debate in South Carolina was not the first time the incumbent senator took a jab at the New York congresswoman.
In 2019, he called her and other progressive lawmakers "anti-America" communists, prompting a retort from Ocasio-Cortez.
Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday hit back at President Trump after he referred to her as "AOC" during the presidential debate, saying it is an advertisement for his "disrespect of women.""If someone told me 3 years ago, while I was waitressing to help my family stay afloat, that in a few short years an unhinged President of the United States would be repeatedly saying my name at the 2020 debate, I would've brought them some"If someone told me 3 years ago, while I was waitressing to help my family stay afloat, that in a few short years an unhinged President of the United States would be repeatedly saying my name at the 2020 debate, I would've brought them some water and told them to sober up," th
"[Lindsey Graham's] biggest issue w/ Trump's racism is that it doesn't go far enough," she tweeted at the time, accusing him of rhetoric akin to 1950s McCarthyism.
I see's biggest issue w/ Trump's racism is that it doesn't go far enough - Graham wants to bring back 1950s McCarthyism, too.
GOP is doing this because they have no plan for our future.
We're the ones fighting for healthcare, edu, good jobs, & they got nothing.- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC)
Democrats have long lambasted Graham and accused him of hypocrisy over hiswhom he called a "kook" before he won the 2016 election. Graham has since become one of Trump's staunchest defenders on Capitol Hill.
During the debate Friday night, Graham defended his stance on climate and the environment, saying, "I'm in the Climate Solutions Caucus" and saying he has "worked to set aside lands all over this state so future generations can enjoy it."
"If I'm in the Senate, we'll work for solutions to help the environment without destroying the economy," Graham said.
Harrison called Graham's response empty-handed, saying, "The senator said that he's a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus that has no solutions."
"Nobody wants to look out their window to see oil rigs off the coast of Charleston," he added. "But our senator is the one waving the flag, 'Here oil and gas company, you can drill off of our coast.' Not on Jaime Harrison's watch."
Ocasio-Cortez knocks McCaskill over comments about Democrats leaving voters behind .
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ripped former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) for claiming in the wake of this week's election that the Democratic Party is leaving voters behind. During an interview on MSNBC Wednesday, McCaskill said that the Republican Party has picked up voters while Democrats focus on social issues."Whether you are talking guns or abortion or gay marriage and rights for 'transsexuals' and other people whoDuring an interview on MSNBC Wednesday, McCaskill said that the Republican Party has picked up voters while Democrats focus on social issues.