Newly-elected representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has put up with a lot in her few first days on The Hill. From swipes at her wardrobe, to blatantly sexist and bigoted dog-whistles, to even a desperate attempt by conservatives to discredit her with a harmless video of her dancing in college—it seemed the right couldn’t stoop any lower in their attacks. That is, however, until a conservative news site published a fake nude photo of the politician in a bathtub.
The image has been circulating around the internet for the last several days after being posted on Reddit, but was quickly debunked as fake. On Monday, January 7th, the site Motherboard reported that it was actually of political activist Sydney Leathers, who confirmed the photo was her from several years ago. However, The Daily Caller then shared the photo after it was debunked with the vague, click-baity headline, “Here’s The Photo Some People Described As A Nude Selfie of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
And AOC called them out in a January 9th tweet.
The Daily Caller should be embarrassed. The initial photo (whether real or fake) is not “news,” and is instead a symptom of a deeply misogynistic culture that feels the need to both objectify and humiliate women who dare hold power. Not to mention the fact that the site already knew the photo was fake at the time of posting. There was no excuse for publishing the (thin, and frankly, gross) story, and we’re so glad Ocasio-Cortez called them out.
No matter what side of the political line you fall on, we think we can all agree that women deserve better than this.