Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is accusing New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of playing identity politics.

DeSantis, who is running for governor in Florida, made headlines for referring to “this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is" during a campaign event in Orange Park, Florida.

He went on to criticize Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic socialist policies and for flubbing a question in a recent interview in which she criticized Israel’s "occupation” of the Palestinian territories.

Ocasio-Cortez fired back in a tweet, writing, "Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to 'whatever I am.' I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‘s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María. But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments!"


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On "America's Newsroom," DeSantis said Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters are using the "this girl" remark and identity politics to avoid scrutiny of her views, which he described as a "toxic combination" of "socialism wrapped in ignorance."

"I don't care whether she's Puerto Rican, whether she's Anglo-Saxon, I don't care whether she's an Eskimo, socialism doesn't work and it's wrong," DeSantis said, arguing some Hispanic populations in Florida are even more opposed to socialism. 

He said Ocasio-Cortez may be able to win in New York’s 14th congressional district with a socialist agenda, but those "failed policies" are not what a majority of Americans want.

"You're gonna lead a Nicolas Maduro wing of the Democratic Party?" he asked, referring to the leftist Venezuelan president who's been in power as the country's economy has crumbled.

Watch the "America's Newsroom" segment above.


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