Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) complained on Tuesday that freshman Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t really listen to his advice on joining Congress.
In an interview Tuesday night at the annual dinner for Forward Jainesville, a community organization based in his hometown, Ryan said that he thought Ocasio-Cortez had ignored his advice while revealing that he had met the congresswoman after her election victory last year.
“I talked to her, AOC — everybody calls her AOC … She’s the youngest person now there. I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new. I don’t think she really listened to a thing I said,” Ryan said, to laughter from the audience.
“Take it easy, just watch things for a while, don’t ruffle any — see how it works first,” he added of the advice he gave to Ocasio-Cortez.
When Ryan was elected, he was the second-youngest member of the House.
Ocasio-Cortez is currently the youngest House member.
The former Wisconsin congressman left Congress in January after declining to stand for reelection last November. His exit from Congress coincided with the return of the Speaker’s gavel to Democrats for the first time in years.
Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal about her opposition to Ryan’s economic policies.
Last year she tweeted: “Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud.”