The conservative media just can't seem to accept the fact that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez swept the Democratic party's primary election in what is considered the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm election primaries.
Since then, the freshman Representative for New York's 14th congressional district has been the target of numerous railing ever since the Democratic Socialist became a member of Congress.
After Fox News ripped AOC for not being able to afford an apartment in Washington, D.C., the conservative news channel laid into her again after she made a comment about economic instability and healthcare concerns.
During an event on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New York City, the Congresswoman said she believed it was "immoral that billionaires co-exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don't have access to public health..."
In response to her comment, Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen snickered:
"First of all, the fact is, ringworm isn't deadly."
"It's like a foot fungus. There's not a ringworm crisis in America."
"It's just an ignorant statement. And the problem she's having is she's making ignorant statement after ignorant statement."
"She hasn't misspelled 'potato' yet but she's on her way."
Just saw a Fox News segment in which they referenced @AOC saying it's immoral that billionaires coexist in a countr… https://t.co/d8RmJokzVc— Alex Leo (@Alex Leo)1548206297.0
At Monday's event, the Congresswoman was asked if it was moral to live in a country where some people are extremely wealthy along with those who live in poverty.
She meant to address reports of hookworm in Alabama as an example of people struggling to access healthcare. She clarified her statement on Twitter for posterity.
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen Yes, I saw she corrected it! It’s impossible for any Congressperson to know EVERYTHING… https://t.co/EcqiXlencF— Laura Miers (@Laura Miers)1548251377.0
So, instead of touching on the healthcare crisis or the rise in populism, Fox News kept with their brand by mocking the young Congresswoman with what Indy 100 labeled as "heartless conservatism."
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen @FoxNews It’s not about ringworm it’s about the fact that there are numbers in the dou… https://t.co/vWlbnhjwRO— Salinda (@Salinda)1548219156.0
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen Growing up in a family owned pharmacy in a small rural town, I can’t tell you how many… https://t.co/6ZMY7wja1z— Chad Fannon (@Chad Fannon)1548208663.0
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen sounds like one of them there compassionate conservatives— Ted (@Ted)1548206589.0
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen I was at the gym on a treadmill when that segment came on the TV and i considered runn… https://t.co/oIOsvGhI5C— Nyandemonai (@Nyandemonai)1548206696.0
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen She mispoke, its HOOKWORM . CORRECTED. STOP MUDDYING THE MESSAGE SHE IS TRYING TO HIGHLIGHT !!!— CANDIDATE for Senate in Ga2022 (@CANDIDATE for Senate in Ga2022)1548242080.0
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen AOC meant to say hookworm, but regardless, Marc is a coldhearted ass and everyone who… https://t.co/dNQeeZ0l20— 🌊Political Ant🐜(a.k.a. @JazzLuvnAnt🎷)🌊 (@🌊Political Ant🐜(a.k.a. @JazzLuvnAnt🎷)🌊)1548207694.0
Why is Fox News so threatened by the young Congresswoman?
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen @aoc to Fox News is like sun to vampires... https://t.co/GFIwhD8Pes— LaughMoreIn2019 (@LaughMoreIn2019)1548206615.0
@AlexMLeo @AOC @marcthiessen Conservatives are just mean people who lack empathy... The 2020 election should be ab… https://t.co/RMu6753ZXU— WhatisWrongWithYou (@WhatisWrongWithYou)1548208237.0
Ringworm is a fungal infection characterized by a circular rash, according to the Mayo Clinic. No actual worms are involved.
The Congresswoman meant to cite alleged reports of hookworm – a gastrointestinal parasite that can cause intestinal disease – in rural parts of the southern state where there is poor sanitation.
The Alabama Department of Public Health lists ringworm as a reportable disease but only keeps track of outbreaks. The ADPH listed three outbreaks from the last six years but the number of individual cases were not mentioned, according to AL.