It all began on Thursday when Ocasio-Cortez defended Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for accusing Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) of racism. Tlaib's accusation came after Meadows invited Lynne Patton, a top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to a House Oversight Committee hearing in order to downplay accusations that President Donald Trump is racist.
"Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren't racist and … the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee is alone racist in itself," Tlaib said, according to the New York Post.
After backlash for her comments, Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday responded to a question from Fox Business Network host Charles Payne, who asked how many black people Ocasio-Cortez employs in her congressional office.
In her reply, Ocasio-Cortez again invoked what many deemed were racist comments.
Payne responded to Ocasio-Cortez explaining exactly what is "problematic" with her comments.
What did other people say?
Conservative commentator Dan Bongino characterized Ocasio-Cortez's comments as "obvious racism."
BlazeTV's Allie Beth Stuckey pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez's rules for racism are anything but clear.
Meanwhile, many others noted that Ocasio-Cortez is guilty of doing exactly what she criticized others for. That's because in the same Twitter thread where she criticized "tokenism," she highlighted her black staff.