Ocasio-Cortez: I’m Being Attacked by the Right to Distract From News of Collins Indictment

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday the "Right is being particularly feisty towards me" as a means of distracting from the indictment of Republican Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.).

The young democratic socialist endorsed five candidates competing in various primary races on Tuesday, but only two of them won. Several outlets pointed out the struggles of candidates she supported, leading her to charge that the criticism of her was due to the news about Collins, who was charged Wednesday with fraud and making false statements as part of an insider trading scheme.

"Whenever the Right is being particularly feisty towards me, the first thing I do is check to see which bad news of theirs they’re trying to distract from. Lo and behold," she tweeted, linking to a story about Collins, who is a strong Trump White House supporter.

However, Collins' indictment didn't break until after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning, while the losses by Ocasio-Cortez's preferred candidates happened Tuesday night.

Ocasio-Cortez has deflected criticism of her in such a fashion before. When she made widely panned remarks last month that the unemployment rate was low because "everyone has two jobs," she called a clip of her remarks "selectively spliced" and "hysteria of the alt-right."