The Kentucky GOP post shows Yarmuth, a six-term Democrat who is chairman of the House Budget Committee, smiling and standing next to a cardboard cutout of Ocasio-Cortez. “Looks like @AOC and #socialism are calling the shots for @KyDems now!” the post reads.
In her now-deleted response, Ocasio-Cortez had seized on the tweet to point out the dearth of young women among the ranks of House Republicans.
“GOP: Let’s pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators,” she wrote.
Hours later, Yarmuth on Twitter responded to the mixup.
“I was a Republican 35 years ago, but I think I have become wiser as an older, white, male Democrat,” he tweeted. “I simply wanted everyone to know I welcome @RepAOC in Kentucky, regardless of what old white male Republicans think.”
No word, though, on where he got a lifesize cardboard cutout of Ocasio-Cortez.
Colby Itkowitz contributed to this report.