The exchange began when Ocasio-Cortez put out a tweet in which she predicted that “an explosion of hate crimes” will come due to Musk’s support for free speech.

“Tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc some billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communication platform and skews it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him to dinner and made him feel special,” she complained.

For his part, the Tesla CEO responded with a tweet that simply read, “Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy.”

Congresswoman has accused critics of wanting to date her

That remark was likely meant to parody a tweet Ocasio-Cortez released last year in which she said that criticism of her hypocrisy on masks stemmed from the fact that conservatives “can’t date me.”

“If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet,” she said on December 21 before accusing GOP supporters of being “creepy weirdos.”

Ocasio-Cortez followed those words up by adding, “These people clearly need therapy, won’t do it, and use politics as their outlet instead.”

For his part, Musk has insisted that his decision to open up Twitter will play an important role in improving public discourse.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said last week.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans,” he pledged.

“Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”