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AOC Reminds Kimberly Guilfoyle Puerto Ricans are US Citizens

Kimberly Guilfoyle’s Republican National Convention six-minute speech has been deconstructed, criticized, and turned into countless memes as the #Guilfoylechallenge and now AOC is joining the discussion with straight facts. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Puerto Rican Democratic Socialist, is correcting Guilfoyle – who called herself a “Proud Latina” during her speech –  for identifying as a first-generation American with immigrant parents. While her father did come to the U.S. from Ireland, her mother was from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and is therefore a a U.S. citizen.

“The woman the GOP picked as their ‘proud’ Latina to tout ‘immigrant experience’ didn’t seem to know that Puerto Rico is already part of the United States,” AOC tweeted. “It’s quite on message, bc it reflects their belief that Latinos aren’t real citizens, even when we are Native descendants.”

Guilfoyle, 51, is a campaign adviser for the president and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and a former Fox News host. She was married to California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom,  in 2001 and was the First Lady of San Francisco during his first two years as mayor until their divorce in 2006.

As a “proud Latina” born in San Francisco she stood in stark contrast with the ideals attached to those identifies not only in her lack of knowledge that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory but her attack on California’s politics.

“If you want to see the socialist Biden-Harris future for our country, just take a look at California,” she said. “It is a place of immense wealth, immeasurable innovation and immaculate environment and the Democrats turned it into a land of discarded heroin needles in parks, riots in streets and blackouts in homes.”

California is currently contending with an unprecedented heat wave that triggered wildfires and rolling power outages as more people use their air conditioning. The blackouts were implemented as a way to conserve electricity as a result of the power outages. To bring up these blackouts without context and politicize a heatwave shows a pattern in her speech of missing facts.

This isn’t Guilfoyle’s first brush with making controversial comments, in 2014 she advised that young women without life experience not vote: “It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea,” Guilfoyle said on her conservative Fox show The Five. “They don’t get it!” She concluded the segment by saying, “They’re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world. They can go back on Tinder or Match.com.” She later clarified that she meant it was important to have all the facts when voting saying, “come prepared because you don’t want to dilute the votes out there because you are uninformed.”

Considering her comments during the speech it sounds like she needs to brush up on the history of the island she claims and the current state of affairs in the state she called home. In the meantime, AOC continues to actively support Puerto Rico with her latest tweet speaking on giving the power of self-determination to the people of PR : “Justice isn’t the colonizing country deciding fate for the colonized. It is the people’s decision.”