Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is without any doubt the rising star of progressive America. Although Beto O’Rourke may be the man to watch out for the 2020 primaries, it is Ocasio-Cortez who gets under the skin of conservative America easiest (together with Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar of course).
And Miss Ocasio-Cortez knows the effect she has on the conservative base. In the past few days, anyone caught attacking her received a razor-sharp answer. Earlier this week, the youngest woman in Congress was really fed up with the criticism of her clothes, her proposals or lack of experience.
The young representative from New York, who gladly labels herself a 'socialist', was angry. She pointed out to her 1.5 million twitter followers that current Republican leader Paul Ryan, a man, was treated differently when entering Congress, stating: "Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud."
She accompanied her tweet together with a Vox article entitled "Paul Ryan's Long Con," which of course given the biased politics of the Vox website were an easy target for her critics.
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A few days earlier, the Democrat from New York had gotten into a Twitter fight with Donald Jr., son of President Trump. Donald Jr. had tagged her proposed solutions to America's economic problems as "socialist.” To that respect, she answered: “I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up. Please, keep it coming Jr - it’s definitely a “very, very large brain” idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month. Have fun!”
Certainly not boring
Ocasio-Cortez has yet to be sworn in, but one thing is already certain: the debates in the House will certainly not be boring.
For the Republicans, it is clear that higher taxes and (impossible to execute) progressive plans will only lead to higher state spending and therefore have to be fought.
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Miss Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the minimum wage, free higher education and introduce affordable healthcare. In order to set an example, she promised to pay her trainees at least $ 15 per hour when she starts in Washington in January.
Powerful on social media
The New York Democrat is one of the new stars of the party which leader Pelosi will have to keep in check. Young Miss Ocasio-Cortez is being praised because she has such a large social media following, especially on Twitter and Instagram.
On both channels she now has more followers on her own than all 66 newly elected Congressmen together.
Just last month, she went into full attack mode against a journalist from the conservative weekly Washington Examiner, after she had attended Congress for the first time shortly after the elections.
Reporter Eddie Scarry had posted a picture of the young Democrat taken from behind, stating: "I will tell you, that jacket and jacket do not indicate that this is a woman who has a hard time", according to Scarry, referring to the less luxurious life in the New York district of The Bronx of Ocasio-Cortez.
"If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside," she tweeted. "If I walk in with my best sale-rack clothes, they laugh & take a picture of my backside. Dark hates light—that’s why you tune it out," Miss Ocasio-Cortez responded.
One thing is for certain, it won’t be dull in Congress next year.
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