In a post to Twitter this Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) ripped Republican National Convention speaker Kimberly Guilfoyle, who claimed to be a first-generation American during her speech on Monday night.
“My mother Mercedes was a special education teacher from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. My father, also an immigrant, came to this nation in pursuit of the American dream,” Guilfoyle said during her speech.
Guilfoyle’s words were met with mockery, since Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens. In a post to her Twitter account, AOC joined in on the mockery.
“The woman the GOP picked as their ‘proud’ Latina to tout ‘immigrant experience’ didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States,” she wrote.
The woman the GOP picked as their “proud” Latina to tout “immigrant experience” didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States.
It’s quite on message, bc it reflects their belief that Latinos aren’t real citizens, even when we are Native descendants. https://t.co/I7iU3yEGT0
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 25, 2020
“It’s quite on message, bc it reflects their belief that Latinos aren’t real citizens, even when we are Native descendants,” AOC added.
In her speech, Guilfoyle also mentioned that her father is an immigrant. According to her Wikipedia page, her father was born in Ireland.
Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory after the 1898 Spanish-American War, and its residents have been U.S. citizens since 1917.
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