Donald Trump Jr. posted a meme featuring a picture of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez which implied that socialists eat dogs, prompting Ocasio-Cortez to clap back at him with a reminder about ‘subpoena power.’
On Thursday, the president’s son took time out of his day to upload a meme to Instagram that he wrote he found to be particularly ‘funny cuz it’s true!!!’
The meme featured a picture of Ocasio-Cortez, 29, a democratic socialist from New York, speaking with media, paired with the words: ‘Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?’
Donald Trump Jr. posted this meme on his Instagram account on Thursday, featuring a picture of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Trump
Don Jr. posted the meme because he thought it was ‘funny cuz it’s true!!!’
Beneath that, there was a picture of President Trump wagging his finger at a podium and the text, ‘Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them.’
The meme is said to be trying to draw a connection between Ocasio-Cortez’s political beliefs and reports coming out of Venezuela that dogs, cats and zoo animals are being eaten by residents due to the country’s corruption and its socialist policies that have failed, the Washington Post reported.
Friday morning, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter with her response to 40-year-old Don Jr.’s glee over the meme.
‘I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up,’ Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
‘Please, keep it coming Jr – it’s definitely a “very, very large brain” idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month. Have fun!’
Ocasio-Cortez (on December 6) tweeted out a response to Don Jr.’s remarks on Friday, noting that it’s curious that he targets her when new Mueller investigation information comes out
Ocasio-Cortez then reminded Don Jr (in July) that she’ll assume her elected position soon
Ocasio-Cortez’s two tweets regarding Don Jr.’s meme-posting. The first tweet was her response to Don Jr. The second was posted after conservatives cried foul about her words
On Thursday — the same day Don Jr. posted the meme — a New York judge ordered special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election, to turn over a sentencing memo for the president’s former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, who has been cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, on Friday.
Conservatives and Trump fans were quick to jump on Ocasio-Cortez’s words, accusing her of threatening to improperly use subpoena power to retaliate against the president for his son’s behavior.
‘A sitting congresswoman has no right to use her power to threaten someone. @DonaldJTrumpJr has rights, and @Ocasio2018 threatened them because he “trolled” her. That’s inexcusable,’ tweeted conservative journalist Justin T. Haskins.
‘I just want to be clear: Did a member-elect of Congress just threaten a private citizen with a subpoena over a meme? There is no way in hell that this can be legal,’ conservative commentator Candace Owens tweeted.
Don Jr.’s new girlfriend also questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet with one of her own.
‘Did you just threaten to subpoena someone for criticizing you? As a lawyer and former prosecutor I find this deeply troubling,’ Kimberly Guilfoyle tweeted.
While conservatives pounded the keyboard about Ocasio-Cortez’s alleged ‘threat,’ others against a private citizen, others were quick to back her up and point out that she wasn’t threatening anybody.
‘Only a poorly educated right-winger with a tenuous grasp of language would ever perceive this as some sort of “threat,”‘ wrote tweeter @Ajohms1956.
‘The comments here are hilarious and a little disturbing,’ tweet @chris_newsome wrote. ‘People either cannot read or they’re reading what their minds want to read. You said you’ll be a member of a body that has subpoena power. You DID NOT say that YOU will have subpoena power.’
After being inundated on social media, Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet responding to outraged conservatives by reminding them all of how subpoena power actually works.
‘For the GOP crying that this is a “threat” – I don’t have power to subpoena anybody,’ she wrote about an hour and a half after her original tweet went up.
‘Congress as a body, GOP included, has the power. No indiv. member can issue a subpoena unless they are a Chair (which, as a freshman, I can assure you I will not be). Also must be under purview.’
Ocasio-Cortez has been a lightning rod for conservatives at all levels since she beat 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) during the New York primaries in June, before going on to win the midterm election.
Ocasio-Cortez is currently drumming up support for the ‘Green New Deal,’ which promotes country-wide conversion to clean energy and the guarantee of a ‘green job’ for those who want one.