U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has responded to anti-LGBTQ columnist Jane Chastain's call for a Girl Scout cookie boycott because the organization openly praises alumni like Ocasio-Cortez.
"Boycotting cookies that teach little girls leadership skills to own the libs. Nice job," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to Chastain. "I'll take 10 [boxes of Girl Scout cookies]"
Chastain, who's written multiple anti-LGBTQ articles including "What Will Transgenders in the Military Cost America?," "Before You Cast Your First Stone (At Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis)," and "Homosexuality
Supreme Court Go-Round," recently penned an article saying the Girl Scouts organization of today has fallen from the one she recalls as a girl, in part because it celebrates International Women's Day.
"Today's Girl Scouts are a far cry from those of my youth, which trained us to put God and country before everything else. Today, God in the Girl Scout promise has an asterisk, meaning the great I AM and His moral absolutes can be replaced by anything, including oneself," Chastain wrote.
"It is little wonder the Girl Scouts have taken a sharp left turn and can be found marching for abortion rights, gun control, and other radical feminist events like International Women's Day," Chastain continued.
After lambasting the Girl Scouts for celebrating International Women's Day because it supports organizations that support women, Chastain called the group out specifically for its support of Ocasio-Cortez, who was a Girl Scout.
"In fact, the Girl Scouts are celebrating the victory won by their alums in the 2018 midterms on its website, beginning with their star, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who attributes much of her success to what she learned as part of this organization," Chastain wrote, referring to an innocuous quote from the congresswoman, and also misspelling her first name.
"I was a Girl Scout and learned so many life skills, from entrepreneurship to baking to survival skills," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It's amazing at encouraging confidence and curiosity from a young age. Many women of Congress started out as [Girl] Scouts too!"
The conservative writer pushed for her readers to have girls join the American Heritage Girls as an alternative to the Girl Scouts that enforces a "purity" code that applies to anything "sexual in nature."
Finally, Chastain called for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, which are sold in the organization's annual fundraising push.
"So before you decide to embrace an International Women's Day celebration or buy the cookies, ask yourself, 'Will the country be better off with more representatives like the young socialist Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez?'" Chastain wrote, again misspelling her name. "If not, it's a good time to start your diet."
In addition to responding to Chastain's call to boycott Girl Scout cookies, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a story about the good that the Girl Scouts are doing with Troop 6000, the first troop for girls who are experiencing homelessness.