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AOC calls out Barstool Sports bro-in-chief for anti-union threat tweet

2019-08-14

Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports & Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens)

It’s getting rough and rowdy between New York’s favorite tweeting congresswoman and the dude-bro boss of a frat boy sports web company.

An epic Twitter spat erupted Tuesday morning between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Barstool Sports owner Dave (El Presidente) Portnoy after he sounded off about workers at The Ringer, a competing sports site, joining a union.

He warned workers at Barstool Sports not to contact a union supporter, or get fired.

Portnoy is known for his blunt and brash pronouncements on everything to golf to girlfriends. So it might have come as no surprise that he pounced on the pro-union tweet from Rafi Letzter, who successfully organized a union at his own workplace.

But AOC (D-Queens) rightly pointed out, the tweet crossed a big red line called the law, which prohibits employers from intimidating workers who want to unionize.

That got Portnoy’s attention. Soon he was demanding that AOC debate him (presumably about the merits of unions, but you can never be sure).

She didn’t immediately respond to his plaintive plea for dialogue.

The back-and-forth in the mentions include Portnoy’s supporters trashing AOC as an airhead Barbie doll of the left and her backers calling him a loudmouth frat boy who has no hope of scoring a date with any woman as beautiful and smart as Ocasio-Cortez.

The tone seemed to suit Portnoy, who quickly returned to what he does best: spraying insults at the world.

“(If you) would spend more time working and less time tweeting you would be rich and powerful like me and wouldn’t need your blogging unions to protect you,” Portnoy wrote.

That was like his 13th tweet of the day. And it was barely lunchtime.