Paul Ryan said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ignored his advice to 'just take it easy' as a new member of Congress

Rick Loomis/Getty ImagesNew York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Former House Speaker Paul Ryan offered some advice to freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she arrived in Washington, but she wasn’t interested in his guidance, Ryan said on Tuesday night.
  • “I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said, you know, ‘just take it easy, just watch things for a while,'” the Wisconsin Republican said at an annual dinner in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.
  • Ocasio-Cortez has long been a critic of Ryan’s, calling his decades-long push for entitlement reform “un-American” in 2017.

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan offered some advice to freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she arrived in Washington earlier this year, but she wasn’t interested in his guidance, Ryan said on Tuesday night.

“I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said, you know, ‘just take it easy, just watch things for a while,'” the Wisconsin Republican said at an annual dinner in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, according to the GazetteXtra, a local news outlet in the town.

Rather than “take it easy,” Ocasio-Cortez has become one of the most outspoken Democratic leaders in Washington, where she’s challenged both Republicans and members of her own party.


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Ocasio-Cortez has also long been a critic of Ryan’s. Six months before she stunned the political world by beating Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York primary, Ocasio-Cortez criticised Ryan’s decades-long push to reform entitlements.

She said that both she and Ryan received crucial government assistance after the deaths of their fathers, and that limiting those benefits for others would be “un-American.”

Ryan, who retired from Congress this year after two decades in office, was – like Ocasio-Cortez – first elected to Congress at age 28. But Ocasio-Cortez has said that the two were treated differently as new lawmakers because of their genders.

She tweeted in December that Ryan was hailed as a “genius” when he was elected to the House in 1998, while she was labelled a “fraud.”


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