If you haven't yet heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you soon will. The 28-year-old powerhouse is running for congresswoman in New York’s 14th District. O already won her primary on June 26, and now she's fighting to unseat longtime incumbent Joe Crowley.
A Latina from the Bronx, as well as a former Bernie Sanders organizer, Ocasio-Cortez self-describes as a “Democratic socialist.” When pressed about this identifier, Ocasio-Cortez explained to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show: “I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.”
Basically, Ocasio-Cortez is a force to be reckoned with. Since her political rise plunged her into the public eye, however, a few Twitter-centric spats and bumps have sprung up; commentators and conservative politicians alike have attempted to undermine her popularity.
And here's how she responded.
Conservative TV host John Cardillo tweeted a Google Street View picture of Ocasio-Cortez’s childhood home, claiming that it is a “far cry from the Bronx hood upbringing she’s selling.” He wrote, as a description of the picture, that “this is the Yorktown Heights (very nice area) home @Ocasio2018 grew up in before going off to Ivy League Brown University.”[twitter align='center' id='1013463926254731265' username='johncardillo']https://twitter.com/johncardillo/status/1013463926254731265[/twitter]
Cardillo’s choice to share images of a congressional candidate’s childhood home on Twitter speaks volumes about the political climate we exist in—and how it exists, at least partially, on social media. Ocasio-Cortez belittled his Tweet with her own.[twitter align='center' id='1013480623531593735' username='Ocasio2018']https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1013480623531593735[/twitter][twitter align='center' id='1013480983327371264' username='Ocasio2018']https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1013480983327371264[/twitter]
Florida Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican, referred to Ocasio-Cortez in a speech as “this girl... or whatever she is." He then proceeded to undermine her campaign and general intelligence: “She’s in a totally different universe… It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance.”
Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter in response, wielding a few choice words about what, exactly, she is.[twitter align='center' id='1021483285317386240' username='Ocasio2018']https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1021483285317386240[/twitter]
Nydia M. Velázquez, incumbent congresswoman of New York’s 7th District, came quickly in defense of Ocasio-Cortez. Girl power.[twitter align='center' id='1021529452948475905' username='ReElectNydia']https://twitter.com/ReElectNydia/status/1021529452948475905[/twitter]
Conservative Review TV (CRTV) spliced Ocasio-Cortez’s PBS interview with Margaret Hoover with fake questions from a CRTV “interviewer.” Ocasio-Cortez responded, per usual, with a fantastic Tweet. “Here’s one bonafide truth,” she writes. “Election day is November 6th.”[twitter align='center' id='1021750530249568257' username='Ocasio2018']https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1021750530249568257[/twitter]
Shane Goldmacher, chief political correspondent of the New York Times Metro Desk, also responded to the video on Twitter.[twitter align='center' id='1021746115014795264' username='ShaneGoldmacher']https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1021746115014795264[/twitter]
Flashback to July 10: Ocasio-Cortez won the primary in her neighboring 15th District, that day, too, in a write-in campaign.
She’s not even running in that district.
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