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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is used to Republicans who aren’t exactly in her corner; she’s used Twitter and Instagram to stand up for herself on more than one occasion. Now she and her team are dealing with yet another controversy after Kentucky Republican Rep. Andy Barr rescinded his invitation for Ocasio-Cortez to visit a coal mine in the state. CNN reports that the freshman Congresswoman is still planning to visit, according to her spokesperson Corbin Trent.
“Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky; we are free to travel there,” Trent said. “We hope to visit and have a town hall, listen to concerns of workers in Kentucky.”
During a hearing last month, Barr invited Ocasio-Cortez to come to Kentucky to see how her proposed Green New Deal would affect the coal miners in the state.
“I want to invite the gentlelady to come to eastern Kentucky where thousands of coal miners no longer have paychecks,” he said. “I invite her to go underground with me and meet the men and women who do heroic work to power the American economy.”
AOC accepted the offer. “I’d be happy to,” she said adding that she’d “also like to note that in the Green New Deal, one of the things I advocate for is fully funding the pensions of coal miners in West Virginia and throughout Appalachia because we want a just transition to make sure that we’re investing in jobs across those swaths of the country.”
Since then, Barr sent a letter to Ocasio-Cortez telling her that he was disappointed in her treatment of Texas representative Dan Crenshaw on Twitter. He said she would have to apologize to Crenshaw before being invited to come to Kentucky.
Per the Lexington Herald Leader, Barr wants Ocasio-Cortez to specifically apologize for comments she made toward Crenshaw in defense of fellow Democratic representative Ilhan Omar last weekend. His tweet came after an edited video of Omar talking about 9/11—retweeted by Donald Trump—went viral.
“We definitely think there is an apology in order, but we think it is from Crenshaw to Congresswoman Omar,” Trent added, per CNN.