In a Fox News interview that aired Thursday,Â Palin blasted Ocasio-Cortez for her recent criticisms of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his stateâ€™s controversial law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.Â
She took specific aim at Ocasio-Cortezâ€™s use of the gender-neutral termÂ â€œmenstruating persons,â€ proclaiming,Â â€œShe is such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point â€• thatâ€™s not equality, right?â€Â
Ocasio-Cortez previously explained that the term â€œmenstruating persons,â€ which drew the ire of many conservatives online,Â includes transgender and nonbinary people who still have their periods.
Still, she didnâ€™t seem too vexed by the criticism. Shortly before noon on Thursday, she tweeted a short video explaining that Palin would be best-served by expressing her views on a â€œspecial hotline.â€Â
â€œDoes my existence make you mad?â€ she said in the clip. â€œDoes the fact that, yes, I am a mouthpiece for the people of New Yorkâ€™s 14th Congressional District upset you? Well, I have help for you. Call 1-800-CRY-NOW. Thatâ€™s 1-800-CRY-NOW.â€
In a follow-up tweet,Â she explained that the â€œhotlineâ€ came with a â€œcorresponding website,â€ at which viewers could donate to 10 Texas-based reproductive health providers.Â
More thanÂ $250,000 had been raised through the site thus far, she tweeted shortly after.Â
The exchange took place not long before the Department of Justice announced it hadÂ filed a lawsuit against Texas over the abortion ban.Â The complaint alleges that the legislation was enacted â€œin open defiance of the Constitutionâ€ and also targets the stateâ€™s incentive program for private citizens to sue those seeking abortions.Â
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