The Latest Attempt to Take Down AOC Ended Just as Spectacularly As You’d Expect

Don’t they have something better to do?

Tom Williams/AP

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

Yet another conservative attempt to take down Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has backfired.

The latest allegation is that Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) must have hired her partner Riley Roberts because he has a House of Representatives email address. Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded that Roberts is not on her staff and only has the email address so he can see her Google Calendar.

On Friday morning, a viral tweet from Luke Thompson, the co-host of a podcast about the Constitution, claimed that Roberts was “drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime.” Charlie Kirk, the president of the right-wing group Turning Point USA, followed up by saying there was “strong evidence” Ocasio-Cortez was violating Congressional ethics rules. Fox News ominously claimed that Ocasio-Cortez was “facing ethics questions.”

A spokesperson for the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer told the Washington Post,  “From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.”

“Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s partner, Mr. Roberts, has no official position, paid or otherwise, with her congressional office,” Saikat Chakrabarti, her chief of staff, told the Post, “Members of Congress have very tightly scheduled calendars that their family members and partners are allowed to access to make personal plans around official schedules.”

Previous attempts to embarrass Ocasio-Cortez by sharing a video of her dancing in college or a fake “nude” selfie have ended just as poorly.

A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS?

We have an ambitious $350,000 online fundraising goal this month and we can't afford to come up short. But when a reader recently asked how being a nonprofit makes Mother Jones different from other news organizations, we realized we needed to lay this out better: Because "in absolutely every way" is essentially the answer.

So we tried to explain why your year-end donations are so essential, and we'd like your help refining our pitch about what make Mother Jones valuable and worth reading to you.

We'd also like your support of our journalism with a year-end donation if you can right now—all online gifts will be doubled until we hit our $350,000 goal thanks to an incredibly generous donor's matching gift pledge.

payment methods

A BETTER WAY TO DO THIS?

We have an ambitious $350,000 online fundraising goal this month and we can't afford to come up short. But when a reader recently asked how being a nonprofit makes Mother Jones different from other news organizations, we realized we needed to lay this out better: Because "in absolutely every way" is essentially the answer.

So we tried to explain why your year-end donations are so essential, and we'd like your help refining our pitch about what make Mother Jones valuable and worth reading to you.

We'd also like your support of our journalism with a year-end donation if you can right now—all online gifts will be doubled until we hit our $350,000 goal thanks to an incredibly generous donor's matching gift pledge.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate