Video: Georgia Ex-Congressman Kingston Calls Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a '29-year-old Coffee Barista'

Former Republican Representative Jack Kingston made a stir on MSNBC Tuesday when he called freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "a 29 year old coffee barista."

Kingston, who made the comments on The Beat with Ari Melber, was defending President Donald Trump's heavy use of unstructured "Executive Time" in response to reported criticism from the New York representative.

"Here we have a 29 year old coffee barista telling a man who has made billions of dollars running management, in enterprises, investments and real estate all over the globe and she's gonna tell him how to manage the world," Kingston—who represented Georgia' 1st congressional district from 1993 to 2015— told Melber.

The MSNBC host quickly rebuffed Kingston's characterization of Ocasio-Cortez. "She's not being quoted today based on the fact that she worked in retail or in service. She is being quoted as a member of Congress...Do you not give her the same respect [as] the title you held?"

Kingston continued to affirm his support for Trump's management style, comparing his use of Executive Time to Ronald Reagan's reported napping. "Look at the peace and the prosperity that we enjoyed under him," Kingston said.

Politicians concerned by Trump's time management, he added, should "get an appointment with him" to discuss the issues they care about.

Melber hit back at the former congressman. "I can tell you're a good debater because you avoided talking at all about Donald Trump's schedule," he jibed.

Kingston is well known for making controversial remarks on CNN about the survivors of last year's Parkland shooting and their role in gun control activism. Kingston argued that left wing activists funded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros were using students as pawns to spread their anti-gun agenda.

Four days after 17 people were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Kingston tweeted: "O really? "Students" are planning a nationwide rally? Not left wing gun control activists using 17yr kids in the wake of a horrible tragedy?" Kingston was responding to a news story that detailed upcoming student protests.

Kingston was a CNN contributor until earlier this month, when the network dropped him along with former lieutenant governor of South Carolina, Andre Bauer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez represents New York's 14th congressional district. A fierce critic of Trump, she is known for her progressive policies and social media prowess.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) greets fellow lawmakers ahead of the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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