Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued an apology to President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in an interview with 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night.
The newly elected Representative and President Trump’s eldest son had a spat on social media in December.
Last month, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to Donald Trump Jr. to keep posting memes about her because “it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.”
Following a massive backlash from Conservatives, she followed up with another tweet, saying:
“For the GOP crying that this is a ‘threat’ – I don’t have power to subpoena anybody. Congress as a body, GOP included, has the power. No indiv. member can issue a subpoena unless they are a Chair (which, as a freshman, I can assure you I will not be). Also must be under purview.”
During the 60 Minutes interview, host Anderson Cooper asked Ocasio-Cortez about the tweet: “Some people have suggested that was a…you know, abuse of power on your part.”
“Well, if he felt genuinely threatened by me, I apologize,” she said smiling. “But…I think, frankly, it’s legal advice that any person would give him.”
Cooper also noted that she is already breaking some political rules by apologizing, something not a lot of people in the U.S. capital do.
“On the other hand, if you can’t take the heat, then get out of the kitchen,” she added. “And people know that if you’re going to come after me, you’re opening yourself up.”