The New York freshman congresswoman issued her challenge to the president after he said on Fox News on Thursday that she was "not even a smart person" and was "a poor student" during her time at Boston University.
It is, of course, doubtful he would know anything about her academic standing at the school since her transcript is private. But Ms Ocasio-Cortez signalled on Thursday she would be willing to share her college grade sheet if the president is willing to share his.
"Let’s make a deal, Mr. President: You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student. Loser has to fund the Post Office," she tweeted, taking a dig at Mr Trump's attempts to undermine the US Postal Service before the November presidential election that is expected to be conducted with millions more mail-in ballots than usual.
Mr Trump and the GOP have given Ms Ocasio-Cortez more shine than freshman members of Congress typically receive, making her and other young progressive women of colour the new boogeywomen of their negative campaign ads against Democrats nationwide.
Democrats have condemned the excess focus on Ms Ocasio-Cortez and Congresswomen Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts as a racist reaction against the wave of women minorities challenging the mostly white, mostly male conventions of lawmaking in the US.
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