Ocasio-Cortez Claps Back At Criticism That She Wasn’t ‘Spirited And Warm’ During Trump’s SOTU Speech

New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pushed back at criticisms that she did not appear “spirited and warm” during President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, questioning why she should appear upbeat during what she branded an “embarrassment of a #SOTU.”

Responding to a tweet from Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, Ocasio-Cortez called the address “an unsettling night for our country.”

“Why should I be ‘spirited and warm’ for this embarrassment of a [State of the Union]?” the freshman Democrat tweeted.

“Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future,” she added. “We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact.”

Noonan had tweeted: “And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss. 2.”

Ocasio-Cortez donned a “suffragette white” outfit in a show of solidarity with women across the country and wearing a pin honoring the life of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, the Guatemalan child who died while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The freshman lawmaker did stand and cheer when Trump commended the record number of women serving in Congress.

Women now make up more than 23 percent of the voting members in the House of Representatives, according to the Pew Research Center, and more than a third of them won for the first time this past November. Twenty-five women now serve in the Senate.