It went viral among the right. Before long, Katrina Pierson, a senior Trump advisor for 2020, got in on the social media wave, sharing:
Does Roberts (who is, in fact, Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend) now have a cushy government job all thanks to her insider connections? No. As reported by the Washington Post, a spokesperson for the chamber’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer clarified, “from time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.”
Also speaking to the Post, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, said:
“Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s partner, Mr. Roberts, has no official position, paid or otherwise, with her congressional office. Members of Congress have very tightly scheduled calendars that their family members and partners are allowed to access to make personal plans around official schedules.”
When Ocasio-Cortez responded herself, she said basically the same thing:
Would Ocasio-Cortez have even a quarter of this hysteria if she were a white man? We all know the answer to that.