(CNN)Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a message for a critic who incorrectly attacked her background: “Try Google.”
One of the latest remarks came from John Cardillo, the host of Newsmax TV’s “America Talks Live,” who tweeted a picture of Ocasio-Cortez’s childhood home and implied that she has been misrepresenting her background as a working-class woman from the Bronx.
“This is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University. A far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling,” Cardillo tweeted.
But Ocasio-Cortez stepped in to set the record straight. She didn’t go to Brown or any other Ivy League school — she went to Boston University in Massachusetts, where she earned degrees in economics and international relations. Ocasio-Cortez suggested Cardillo “try Google.”
Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx to two working-class parents, the biography on her website states. According to The New York Times, the family moved to Yorktown Heights several years later because it had better public schools. On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez wrote that her mother “scrubbed toilets” so her family could afford to live in the area.
Ocasio-Cortez also fired back a third time. “Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary of how scared you are of the power of all four of those things,” she wrote.
The whole event has since become a meme on Twitter, with users posting pictures of homes on Tatooine and the moon to mock Cardillo’s personal attack.
This isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has called out critics on Twitter. On Friday, she tweeted a picture of her campaign shoes — which she said she wore to knock on doors before the primary election — with holes in the bottoms to show people she won because she worked hard, not for “demographic reasons.”
“Respect the hustle,” she wrote.