20 Times Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shut Down Her Haters
If there’s one thing you can say about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it’s that she doesn’t tolerate bullies. For those of you who don’t know, Ocasio-Cortez is the 28 year old Latina of Puerto Rican descent who defeated 10 term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley to represent New York’s 14th district. She also advocates for Medicare for all, abolishing ICE, paid family leave, and free college tuition. Although many critics are calling her policy proposals radical, she’s calling them by a different name: the idea that humans should have a decent standard of living.
Like any young female newcomer in her field, critics have come after her for her age, upbringing, ethnicity, looks, and intelligence. But what’s great about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is that she doesn’t tolerate bullies. Here are 20 examples of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shutting down her haters:
1. When she refused to entertain bad-faith debate proposals@ocasio2018/Instagram
Alexandria’s time is not for people who are just going to waste it. Case in point: conservative pundit and provocateur Ben Shapiro. Shapiro publicly offered Ocasio $10,000 to sit down and have a political debate with him. Recognizing the publicity stunt for what it was, she ignored his request. But Shapiro and his followers didn’t like this answer, and made their disapproval clear on social media. Alexandria responded with this incredible comeback: “Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions. And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one.” Burn.
2. When she set the record straight on her upbringing@ocasio2018/Instagram.
Alexandria has been vocal about her love for the Bronx, where her family’s root go deep and where she’s lived for years. Unfortunately, some people are unhappy with that story. Conservative critic John Cardillo attempted to call her a fraud, stating that she lied about her “hood” upbringing. In addition, he claimed that she attended Brown University (an Ivy League) implying that she was part of the establishment she’s campaigned so hard against. Her response? “I didn’t go to Brown…I went to BU. [That neighborhood] was a good town for working people. My mom scrubbed toilets so I could live here…Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary of how scared you are of the power of all four of those things.”
3. When the fake news machine tried to bring her down@ocasio2018/Instagram.
Like any prominent person in politics, Alexandria isn’t immune to being a victim of fake news. A primary example is when Conservative Review TV published a fake interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that was edited to make her look completely uninformed. After the video racked up more than 1 million views on Facebook, the network then claimed it was “satire”. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to clap back: “Republicans are so scared of me that they’re faking videos and presenting them as real on Facebook because they can’t deal with reality anymore”.
4. When a male politician called her “this Girl…or whatever”@ocasio2018/Instagram
When talking to a crowd of his supporters in Florida, GOP Congressman Ron DeSantis brought up Ocasio Cortez’s name as a talking point, saying “You look at this girl Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, she’s in a totally different universe…”. After his sexist remarks made headlines, Alexandria fired back on Twitter: “Rep DeSantis, it seems you‘re confused as to ‘whatever I am.’ I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‘s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María.” This “girl” knows how to write a clap-back.
5. When she was accused of being unoriginal with her policy proposals@ocasio2018/Instagram.
Self-proclaimed “Western Chauvinist” Gavin McInnes accused her of taking credit for coming up with socialist policies. Over Twitter, he claimed that she was “taking something that was already happening” and “pretending it’s [her idea]”. Side note, it’s a bit weird that he was upset that a politician–out of everyone–was being “unoriginal”, but we digress. With her signature wit, Ocasio-Cortez responded: “It’s almost as if… my platform advances policies… that are already proven to work! They aren’t all my ideas. But they ARE good ideas!”.
6. When she called out her opponent for being a sore loser@ocasio2018/Instagram.
When the primary election results for District 14 came in, Rep. Joe Crowley was understandably, upset about the outcome. However, when Crowley didn’t concede, Alexandria decided to take to Twitter. She called out Rep Crowley for initially saying he would “absolutely support [her] candidacy”, but when he lost he “stood [her] up for all 3 scheduled concession calls.” It’s clear that Ocasio-Cortez expects the same respect from her peers as they would give to a more conventional candidate.
7. When she clapped back at the idea that Puerto Rico doesn’t “provide” anything to the US@ocasio2018/Instagram.
In trying to refute Ocasio’s claim that Puerto Rico is treated like a colony, conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza stated that normally, colonies “provide resources for the nation that rules them”. He then went on to ask Ocasio-Cortez what Puerto Rico “provides” to the US. Ocasio shut down that question really quick, rattling off a list of things PR “provides”, and then explaining to him that his question “comes from quite the colonial mindset of ‘what value is this territory providing us anyway?’”. And that’s how you handle ignorance with strength and grace.
8. When she she made it clear that publicity does NOT equal wealth@ocasio2018/Instagram.
Over Twitter, conservative organizer Charlie Kirk accused Ocasio-Cortez of “pretending to be a champion of the people” when in reality, she was “posing in photo shoots” decked in $3500 outfits. Alexandria responded in the fiercest way possible. Taking to Twitter, she shot back: “a) The alt-right doesn’t seem to understand the concept of magazine shoots b) You don’t get to keep the clothes, duh c) I don’t “pretend” to fight for a Living Wage & Medicare for All. I do it. d) Get used to me slaying lewks because I am an excellent thrift shopper”. Slay. All. Day.
9. When a journalist accused her of only winning because she’s Latina@ocasio2018/Instagram
In response to the age-old argument that minority candidates win due to their demographic group turning out in droves, Alexandria has none of it. When journalist Matt Stoller suggested that a “demographic turn-over” was responsible for her popularity, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s responsended. On Twitter, she wrote: “W/ respect, the idea that demographic turnout can be divorced from policy is so mistaken. People don’t vote for same-identity candidate[s] ‘no matter what’”. She understands that Latinx voters are smart enough to vote based on policy, not identity politics.
10. When Trump Denied the Hurricane Maria Death Toll@ocasio2018/Instagram.
As many Boricuas know, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, with some studies estimating that roughly 3,000 people died from the storm and its aftermath. In response to that estimate, Trump took to Twitter to deny the estimated figure. Knowing firsthand the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Alexandria responded with her own story of how her grandfather died in the storm’s aftermath. She went on to say that “thousands of Puerto Ricans…have lost children, friends & family members”. It’s comforting to know that someone is recognizing the pain that Puerto Ricans have been through.
11. When haters tried to challenge her intelligence@ocasio2018/Instagram.
Former politician Joe Walsh bashed Alexandria Ocasio’s intelligence, saying that her belief that unemployment was a bad indicator of economic health was “proof” that having a degree in Economics “doesn’t mean you actually understand economics”. In response to this, Ocasio-Cortez explained that for some people, low wages are forcing them to get multiple jobs: “One wage at 40 hours a week [isn’t] enough to live”. She then dropped this gem: “Unsure why you leap to interpret my comments in the dimmest light possible–almost as though you have an agenda”. We can’t help but smile at her sass.
12. When she challenged the idea there’s a “right” way to be a feminist@ocasio2018/Instagram.
As we’ve reported before, among many other things, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made waves for the bright red color of lipstick she was sporting on her election night. Then, Alexandria set the record straight regarding the preposterous idea that women can’t be feminists if they invest in their appearance. She eloquently stated that “it is not anti-feminist to talk about ripped jeans and lipstick, because proud self-expression and acceptance is what it’s all about”. We couldn’t agree more!
13. When a troll tried to come after her for supporting #abolishICE@ocasio2018/Instagram.
After ICE deported a Nazi war criminal who had been living in the the US back to his home country of Germany, many conservatives were using him as an example of why ICE shouldn’t be abolished. A vocal supporter of #AbolishICE, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained that abolishing ICE calls for the abolition of an agency that “incarcerates children and sexually assaults women with impunity”, but does not include abolishing deportation altogether. She then threw in this zinger: “I have no problem saying white supremacy has no place in this country. It’s the GOP that struggles to say that”.
14. When the Right compared her to a dictatorJesse Korman.
After the people of Queens and The Bronx nominated her, the Republican party compared Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the current leader of Venezuela, President Madura. Specifically, they called her a “mini Maduro”, implying she supports anti-democratic policies. No one missed the fact that the GOP compared her to a negative Latinx figure, as opposed to a positive Socialist one. Alexandria responded saying that her policies are “more reminiscent of Norway than of Caracas”. She then blasted the Republican party for showing “comfort with and weakness towards the racism of this [administration]”.
15. When conservatives expressed “concern” over her popularity@ocasio2018/Instagram.
When a journalist reported that some Republicans stated their “concern” that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s message was “resonating”, she told them what they should actually be concerned about. Her list included “child separations, mass shootings, and white supremacist rallies”. Not, as she explained, her “bold message of economic and social justice”. We don’t know about you, but her argument definitely puts things into perspective.
16. When her opponents called her policies “radical”@ocasio2018/Instagram.
In response to an article calling her a “radical” Democrat, Alexandria decided to unpack the “radical” label that follows her. Through Twitter, she stated: “The fact that my platform is called ‘radical’ is more a reflection of our current political moment and how far we’ve strayed from our bold, visionary past”. Indeed, the policies that pundits like Sean Hannity have described as “downright scary” are ones that the majority of Americans support, like universal healthcare, aka “Medicare For All”.
17. When someone insinuated her win was due to “luck”@ocasio2018/Instagram.
Unfortunately, there are people who chalk up Alexandria’s win to luck and timing. In response to a tweet saying that “luckily, [Alexandria] didn’t run in a swing district”, Ocasio-Cortez set the record straight. She replied on Twitter that her strategy was not “luck” but “mindfulness”. She explained her reasoning for running in the district she did, as she realized that a strongly left-leaning area would be more likely to be receptive to her progressive policies. In other words: “luck” had nothing to do with her win. Skill did.
18. When she called out the blatant double standards in politics@ocasio2018/Instagram.
After appearing on The Daily Show, Ocasio-Cortez faced a barrage of criticism for erroneously stating that the military’s budget increased by $700 billion in 2017. In fact, it only rose by $61 billion. In true form, Ocasio-Cortez deftly and swiftly highlighted this double-standard. She brought up the time Senator James Inhofe pulled a snowball out of his pocket to prove that climate change was a hoax. How did the media react? The media hardly covered the incident and the public quickly forgot it. Coincidence? Probably not. Double standard? Definitely.
19. When she gave a troll a basic geography lesson@ocasio2018/Instagram.
In typical fashion, a Twitter troll attempted to argue that socialism was an obvious failure because Ocasio-Cortez’s family “fled” the “socialist” Puerto Rico to move to the US. Alexandria clapped back by explaining that 1) Puerto Rico IS the United States, and 2) Its economy isn’t a socialist one, but rather a capitalist one. She even went further by describing PR’s economy as “vulture fund exploitation”. So it seems that that degree in economics wasn’t for nothing!
20. When she pretty much told haters: “Bye, Felicia”@ocasio2018/Instagram.
If you haven’t gotten the picture by now, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in a unique position where she is facing criticism from all corners. But what we notice even more than the inordinate amount of critics attacking this brave nonconformist is the pointed, graceful, and witty way she deals with it all. But we’ll let the words of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speak for themselves: “I’ve been told my whole life I’m not up to snuff. Folks always doubt my worthiness until I get it done. Tune it out. Stay focused and positive. Keep pushing”.
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