Lauren Boebert mocks Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by using her full name

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The Colorado Republican told readers: “Consider how Sandy Cortez, a girl who grew up in the affluent neighborhood of Yorktown Heights, New York, turned herself into the virtue-signaling, wildly popular paragon of progressivism and wannabe socialist congresswoman we now know as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

Dunking on the New York progressive’s name — she was called Sandy in high school — has been a common line of attack for conservatives who want to challenge her authenticity and working-class roots.

Representatives for O’Rourke and Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the only Democrat who got a name check from Boebert. She also cited ex-Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a former presidential candidate who is now running for governor of Texas, as an example of “political contrivance.”

Story Highlights

  • Rep. Lauren Boebert slammed what she considers Democrats’ “icky” political tactics in her new memoir — including the name “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

  • “This tactic feels icky, gross, and manipulative because that’s exactly what it is,” she wrote in the newly-released memoir, “My American Life.”

“And since ‘Beto’ is a common Latino nickname for ‘Roberto,’ surely he’s Hispanic, people thought. Not even close,” Boebert wrote. “The entire image he presented was a mirage, a purely political contrivance.”

She quoted a Dallas Morning News story that said O’Rourke’s late father Pat, a politician and El Paso County judge, once explained nicknaming his son “Beto” because it would give him a better chance running for office in El Paso than he would have as “Robert Francis O’Rourke.”

“So it was all a con — sort of like the time Hillary Clinton spoke in a fake southern accent on a campaign trip down south,” Boebert wrote. “It’s a page ripped from the DNC playbook, which they’ve used with great success and likely always will.”