Since bursting onto the political scene with a major primary upset of a veteran Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez, 29, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress has become a prime target for her detractors, mainly conservatives, on the internet.
Her latest high-profile moment came Wednesday evening, as Ocasio-Cortez slammed the conservative media website The Daily Caller for spreading a story in a tweet that stated: “Here’s The Photo Some Described As A Nude Selfie Of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.” The photo is not of Ocasio-Cortez.
GOP have been losing their mind + frothing at the mouth all week, so this was just a matter of time.
There is also a Daily Mail reporter (Ruth Styles) going to my boyfriend’s relative’s homes+offering them cash for “stories.”
Women in leadership face more scrutiny. Period. https://t.co/KuHJ75sdMg
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
The Daily Caller responded by not only deleting the tweet, but also removing the full story from its website — excusing itself as the third media outlet to publish stories about a post on Reddit and 4chan, where the photo first appeared and falsely charged that in 2016 Ocasio-Cortez shared the photo to her Instagram account, where a woman’s breasts reflected off a bathtub faucet.
As soon as editors noticed the twitter headline, we rapidly had it deleted and fixed. The story itself is otherwise no different than what HuffPo and Vice published.
We regret the error, as the intent was to inform our audience that a fake image was circulating online. https://t.co/aClyRLnjQZ
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 10, 2019
The photo is not of Ocasio-Cortez, but rather another woman who was once caught in political controversy – Sydney Leathers, who suffered 30 minutes of inside-the-beltway fame as a sexting partner of disgraced New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Leathers blogged an apology to Ocasio-Cortez, writing she was “deeply sorry,” admitting the photo was “an old picture of mine where I’m soaking in the tub, feet up, candlelit, weed vape in hand.”
“This is a photo I took several years ago and have since deleted from my Instagram because I now have a no feet for free rule, too many foot fetishists out there and I don’t want to give them free content,” Leathers explained. “The reason the photo is scandalous is because if you zoom in, you can see my boobs in the reflection of the bathtub faucet.”
While the feet in the photograph do not belong to a sitting congresswoman, they do, however, belong to a semi-political figure: Sydney Leathers.
Leathers is one of the many women who exchanged sexually explicit messages with former New York congressman and current felon Carlos Danger Anthony Weiner.