Conservative political commentator Mary Katharine Ham caused two CNN hosts to belly-laugh Monday after mocking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
What is the background?
Ocasio-Cortez incited backlash over the New Year's holiday after she accused her Republican critics of being "creepy weirdos" who have "deranged sexual frustrations" because they "are mad they can't date me."
"If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Ya creepy weirdos."
"It’s starting to get old ignoring the very obvious, strange, and deranged sexual frustrations that underpin the Republican fixation on me, women, & LGBT+ people in general," she added. "These people clearly need therapy, won’t do it, and use politics as their outlet instead. It’s really weird."
The New York Democrat issued the strange accusations after she was sharply criticized for traveling to Florida over the holiday. None of her critics indicated they sought to date Ocasio-Cortez, which compounded the bizarre nature of her reaction.
What happened on CNN?
Network anchors Brianna Keilar and John Berman could not hold back their laughter when Ham reacted to Ocasio-Cortez's bizarre accusations by mocking her.
"First of all, I woke up like this. So I have authority on people being sexually frustrated by my mere existence,” Ham began.
"I’m glad to be able to discuss this important issue with you. The plight of the super-hot in America has long been ignored. AOC has started a national conversation about this," she continued. "You know, I know we have all dealt with it — and by that I mean AOC, and you, Brianna, and myself and John — you know, we can start an organization or something."
“Just the other day, I noticed the IRS keeps sending me notices even though I never expressed any interest in them. And it’s like, ‘Why are you so obsessed with me?'" Ham joked. "One day you wake up and you think to yourself, is there more to life than being really, really ridiculously good-looking? You know? I did it. And now I’m here. AOC did it, and now she’s a congresswoman. And in that capacity, you have to answer questions."
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After mocking Ocasio-Cortez, Ham shifted to a more serious tone. She highlighted the absurdity of Ocasio-Cortez's comments because the criticism she received for vacationing in Florida was fair.
"I’m goofing on this because it’s goofy. But to question the motives of every questioner you come across, I don’t think behooves you," Ham said. "She can answer the questions about being in Florida without going here."
"By the way, I know because I’m talking about this, there are weirdos who will get weird in my comment section right now. ‘Hi, how is it going?' You can’t date me. This is the real plight of actually being a woman in the public eye. And there is some of that out there," Ham explained.
"But we also have to answer fair questions," she continued. "And a fair question to AOC is, ‘Hey, is your trip with your partner to Florida dangerous to yourself and others? And if not, why not?’ Because if it's not, it suggests that people can use their personal freedom to make decisions about their risk profiles and go forward in the world of COVID."