Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of former President Donald Trump, on Monday evening described Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an “authoritarian mask Karen” and mocked her “tax the rich” dress worn at the Met Gala in New York City.
“What makes @AOC a bigger fraud,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “The ‘tax the rich’ dress while she’s hanging out with a bunch of wealthy leftwing elites or the lack of masks after spending the past 18 months as one of the biggest authoritarian mask Karens in the country?”
Trump Jr. is just one of many Twitter commenters who criticized Ocasio-Cortez for wearing a message against the wealthy while at an exclusive and expensive event.
Others criticized her dress as tone-deaf because the Met Gala charged nearly $35,000 for each ticket to attend. However, most celebrities invited to attend the gala don’t have pay for attendance, according to The Evening Standard.
The publication says the Met Gala chooses up-and-coming designers to feature their work at the event. Celebrities who wear the designers’ fashions get to attend the event for free.
Ocasio-Cortez’s gown was made by Brother Vellies designer Aurora James, Teen Vogue reported.
Trump Jr. has criticized Ocasio-Cortez before on social media.
In December 2018, Trump Jr. posted a meme on Instagram with an image of Ocasio-Cortez. “Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy? Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them,” the meme read.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez wrote, “I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up. 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!”
In mid-April 2019, Trump Jr. tweeted a post suggesting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was losing control of her party to Ocasio-Cortez and two other freshman representatives, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
“We’ve reached a sad point where [Nancy Pelosi] is so terrified of offending her new bosses, Omar/AOC/Tlaib, that those 3 could submit a resolution deeming 911 an inside job & I’m confident that 95% of House Dems would still be too afraid to cross them,” he wrote. “They run the Dem Party now.”
That same month, Trump Jr. accused Ocasio-Cortez of changing her accent to pander to different audiences.
In response, the congresswoman said that she had developed a habit of “code-switching” due to her years navigating professional and social environments as a woman of color. Code-switching refers to the practice of changing speech patterns based on one’s social environment.
Newsweek contacted Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment.