Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't come to Washington to play nice

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez Fears Nothing Ocasio-Cortez’s strategy for Twitter trolls? Don’t get mad, get laughs
Melinda Barton | 20 November, 2018, 03:12

Most have taken Ocasio-Cortez' claims at their face value, praising her for drawing attention to the housing crisis and that the electoral system is created to discourage working-class people from running for Congress.

"Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now", Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry wrote on Twitter, posting a picture of the congresswoman from behind. She has also addressed blowback over questions about her savings after telling the New York Times she was trying to figure out how to afford an apartment in D.C. before her congressional salary kicks in.

The group said they want Democratic members of Congress to be representative of their diverse communities and support liberal policies like Medicare for all, abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement department, implementing a "Green New Deal", and rejecting corporate PAC donations. "You should be ashamed of yourself". We still need more of you to run with us. When the new freshman class of Republicans arrived in Washington in late 2010/early 2011, it quickly became clear that this tea party-fueled group was not planning to play nice with the party leadership - most notably Speaker John Boehner. Either way, Ocasio-Cortez predictably wasn't afraid to hold Scarry accountable, even after he got ratio'd into oblivion and deleted the original tweet.

The organization that Ocasio-Cortez was on the conference call with, Justice Democrats, hopes to oust any Democrat who is "demographically and ideologically out-of-touch with their districts", according to The Huffington Post. You gotta wonder if she knows the difference between Scotch, bourbon and whiskey.

Earlier this year, a conservative radio host also tweeted a photo of Ocasio-Cortez's childhood home in the Yorktown Heights suburb in an attempt to prove she wasn't really a member of the working class.

Thursday was Ms Ocasio-Cortez's second day in Congress.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first two days in the nation's capital have been an adventure.

"If I walked into Congress wearing a sack, they would laugh & take a picture of my backside".

Accordingto Claire Sandberg, another key progressive campaign strategist and veteran of Sanders' insurgent 2016 run, "Every Democratic politician who has prioritized bank deregulation over responding to the threat of catastrophic climate change deserves to worry that they might be next to face a primary challenge from the left". "The tweet was taken as something else, so I've deleted it!"

"People keep giving me directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress", she wrote.

Now that she's in Congress, she has an opportunity to redefine what a lawmaker looks like - even if she sticks to the dress code.

Many women, especially women of color, can relate to how their actions are scrutinized in ways that men are not, and we celebrate Ocasio-Cortez's message to "shine bright and keep it pushing".