Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., poked enjoyable at Republican Sen. Thom Tillis on Monday after he revealed he named his canine after former President Theodore Roosevelt, the onetime founding father of the Progressive Party.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to a photograph of Tillis holding his canine, Theo, whereas talking to reporters on Capitol Hill. The North Carolina senator mentioned he selected the identify as a result of he names all of his canines “after conservatives.”
“He ought to identify his subsequent one Bull Moose,” Ocasio-Cortez quipped in response.
Roosevelt spent most of his political profession as a Republican and was a member of the celebration throughout his two phrases within the White Home from 1901 to 1909. However he shaped the Bull Moose Occasion, often known as the Progressive Occasion, following an unsuccessful bid for the Republican Occasion’s presidential nomination in 1912.
Roosevelt championed many insurance policies embraced by trendy progressives, together with expanded federal rules, environmental conservation, antitrust motion and elevated labor rights.
Twitter customers have been fast to level out Roosevelt’s ties to progressivism.
“Ah sure, conservative president Theodore Roosevelt, founding father of the *checks notes* Progressive Occasion,” one user wrote.