Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Responds to Republicans Calling Her 'Just a Waitress' After Ivanka Tweet: 'What Is so Appalling to GOP About Having an Honest Job?'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to hit out at those who criticize her for working as a bartender before she was elected to Congress in 2018. The New York Democrat was mocked online after she tweeted her own criticism of Ivanka Trump in response to a video which went viral over the weekend.

The president's daughter was seen joining in a conversation between British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, and International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

"It may be shocking to some, but being someone's daughter actually isn't a career qualification," Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The U.S. needs our President working the G20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn't hurt either."

Former CNN presenter Piers Morgan was one of those who scorned Ocasio-Cortez for mocking the white house adviser, writing "Could be worse...Ivanka could have been a bar-tender 18 months ago" in reply to her tweet.

Ocasio-Cortez originally responded to Morgan's message by suggesting the government would be in a better position if more people worked regular jobs prior to be being elected.

"Imagine if more people in power spent years of their lives actually working for a living," she wrote. "We'd probably have healthcare and living wages by now."

Several hours later, Ocasio-Cortez further defended her previous employment, saying she is proud of her work in restaurants.

"I also worked for Sen. Ted Kennedy, piloted literacy projects in the South Bronx, studied Development Economics in W Africa, served as an Educational Director & won international science competitions before I ran for office, too," she tweeted.

"Working people that GOP dismiss as 'just a waitress/cook/etc' contain multitudes, & are just as capable & intelligent as anyone. Classism—judging someone's character by their income—is disappointing to see from them.

"What is so appalling to GOP about having an honest job? Some of the most nuanced, intelligent, & grounded people I've ever met weren't at BU, MIT or Harvard events when I was a student. They were the plumbers & waitresses I hung out with at happy hour, who had ferocious intellectual curiosity *and* a lived context of the real world.

"In other words, Republicans who criticize my being a waitress as evidence of lacking skill can take their classism to the trash. You are insulting the capacities and potential of virtually every working person in America (& the world) for having experience that's earned, not bought. (And that's if they even take out their own trash, which I doubt)."

Ocasio-Cortez, who previously worked at the Flats Fix restaurant in the Manhattan area of New York, returned to bartending for a shift at a bar in Queens last month in order to show support for a campaign to raise the minimum wage.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) works behind the bar at the Queensboro Restaurant, May 31, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty
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