Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt dared to refer to 29-year-old Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “successful” on Thursday morning. But 26-year-old Fox News pundit Tomi Lahren just couldn’t accept that premise.
“Don’t you think Democrats were trying to find their way, trying to find their footing,” Earhardt asked, “and then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is very successful and she’s the darling of the Democratic Party and she is so far left and has these socialist ideas and then the Democrats are saying, ‘Oh, that worked for her, maybe that’s our ticket, bingo.’”
After Earhardt concluded by suggesting “the left keeps going further and further left,” it was Lahren’s turn to give her take.
“Well again, there’s a difference between being successful on Twitter and social media like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and being relatable on social media platforms,” Lahren said, “and actually being successful in real life.”
Lahren added that she doesn’t think any of the current 2020 Democratic nominees pose a “threat” to Trump—despite the fact that every single one leads him in recent polls—unless the president fails to build his wall. “We’re in for a real treat in 2020 if this is the crop of Democrats we have to deal with,” she said.
Like many on the right, Lahren has expressed particular and repeated ire for Ocasio-Cortez, especially after the New York lawmaker responded to the Fox News pundit’s Twitter war with rapper Cardi B earlier this month.
After Cardi B threatened to “dog walk” Lahren for mocking her “genius political mind,” Ocasio-Cortez asked: “Why do people think they can mess with Bronx women without getting roasted?”
Later that week, Lahren accused Ocasio-Cortez of encouraging “physical violence” against her, saying on Fox News, “Listen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on all daily basis, says that Trump supporters and President Trump himself incite violence and then she goes and applauds and encourages a tweet by a rapper who threatens physical violence against me. So, again, this is a double standard at play and it’s not just rappers, it’s not trust trolls on Twitter, these are elected representatives who are endorsing and saying the same thing.”
“Can you imagine if I would threaten to ‘dog walk’ Cardi B, or anyone else for that matter, as a conservative, as a Trump supporter?” she asked. “I would never get away with that!”