Called Out

AOC mocks Josh Hawkley’s claim he’s being censored: ‘You’re just not that popular’

In a recent op-ed in the New York Post, Rep. Josh Hawley (R-MO) claimed that he’d been “canceled” and “muzzled.”

“It will get worse,” Hawley wrote. “The tech titans have already booted dozens of conservatives off social media, and if they have their way, half the House Republican conference will be expelled from Congress.”

But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) wasn’t buying it. In a Twitter post this Monday, she retweeted his tweet linking to the op-ed and told him that if he’s facing backlash, it’s not simply because he’s a conservative — it’s because he played a large role in sparking the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“You were given prime space to say this in a billionaire-run rag that specifically amplifies right-wing views, part of a entire subsidized industry of right-wing outlets,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “You’re not ‘muzzled,’ Hawley. You’re just deeply unpopular, and aided insurrection. And you need to resign.”

In a subsequent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said that conservatives think their right to free speech means, “I have the right to be liked, accepted, and popular no matter what I say, who I endanger, or how much I lie.”

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