The youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has been winning not just the political scene, but the social media one as well.
This fiery progressive, a former Bernie Sanders organizer, is outspoken, no-nonsense, and takes a stand for what she believes is right, including universal healthcare and equal rights for all. She isn’t afraid to showcase her views on Twitter, much to the dismay of many Republicans. Here are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s top five tweets that have caused Republicans to shiver in their shoes:
1. Ocasio-Cortez quotes ‘Watchmen’
To quote Alan Moore: “None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME.” ? https://t.co/8TCmKNJlkD
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2019
Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen is considered one of the great political commentaries of all time. Ocasio-Cortez is undoubtedly familiar with the novel. On January 11th, she tweeted a quote from Watchmen in response to a tweet from a civil rights lawyer that mentioned Democrats were trying to “rein in” Ocasio-Cortez. Not missing a beat, Ocasio-Cortez quoted twisted superhero Rorschach and tweeted, “None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME.” The tweet only served to reinforce her determination to make a difference.
2. Ocasio-Cortez calls out the GOP
Three easy ways for the GOP to stop feeling sorry for themselves:
✅ Give honest, working people their pay back
✅ Pass legislation that actually helps people
✅ Stop asking the Koch Brothers’ permission to go to the bathroom
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2019
Also on January 11th, Ocasio-Cortez made a powerful statement when she took a dig at the GOP. She tweeted three ways “for the GOP to stop feeling sorry for themselves,” which included a plea to give “honest, hardworking people their money back.” Ocasio-Cortez included a link to a Washington Post article that claimed Senate Republicans had no idea what their next step would be, following the federal government shutdown.
3. Her response to Trump’s speech
The President has decided to hold the paychecks of everyday Americans hostage so he can fulfill a campaign fantasy that the vast majority of Americans disapprove of. – @AOC #TrumpAddress pic.twitter.com/IfUc50bNqY
— Voto Latino (@votolatino) January 9, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez has been very vocal during the government shutdown, voicing her concerns repeatedly as to how the shutdown was affecting government employees. Following Trump’s televised address on January 8th, she tweeted that the President was “holding the paychecks of every Americans hostage, in an attempt to fulfill a campaign fantasy that the majority of Americans disapprove of.” Her tweet was seized upon by Republicans immediately and used as an example of Ocasio-Cortez’s leftist views.
Ocasio-Cortez has also tweeted that she believes members of Congress should not receive their usual salaries during a government shutdown, as long as federal employees aren’t receiving theirs.
4. Ocasio-Cortez calls out the White House
The President defended Neo-Nazis who murdered a woman in Charlottesville.
The Dept of Justice sued him for not renting to Black tenants.
He launched his campaign by calling Mexicans “rapists.”
He banned Muslims.
The President is racist. And that should make you uncomfortable. https://t.co/RapKlDB99K
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 8, 2019
On more than one occasion, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has denounced the current administration for right-wing views, but on January 8th, she took it up a notch when she tweeted that “The President is racist.” In addition to the barrage of outrage she received from right-wing commentators following the tweet, the comments on the Twitter thread raged for hours, with Democrats and Republicans alike arguing over everything from the definition of racism to various comments that have been made by President Trump.
5. She defends her fashion sense
Lip+hoops were inspired by Sonia Sotomayor, who was advised to wear neutral-colored nail polish to her confirmation hearings to avoid scrutiny. She kept her red.
Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman. https://t.co/eYN5xYFcTE
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019
The young congresswoman made a splash when she wore bright red lipstick and gold hoop earrings to her swearing-in ceremony. She was advised to tone down and wear more neutral shades, but Ocasio-Cortez kept her bold lip color. She tweeted about it, stating that “Next time someone tells Bronx girls to take off their hoops, they can just say they’re dressing like a Congresswoman.” Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet made headlines and was seen as a strong feminist statement. Republicans were quick to voice their disapproval on social media.
The year ahead is certain to be historic, both for the political scene and for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Brash, driven, and authentic, Ocasio-Cortez is a force to be reckoned with both in and out of Congress.