The latest right-wing attempts to take down the new congresswoman from New York backfired very, very spectacularly.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) danced in the halls of the U.S. Capitol in response to the latest failed conservative attempt to attack her.
In the latest manifestation of the right's obsessive fury, a video of Ocasio-Cortez dancing in a video inspired by "The Breakfast Club" was circulated online, apparently in an attempt to make her look bad. The since-deleted Twitter account AnonymousQ1776 fumed, "Here is America's favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is."
Asked about the video by a reporter from The Hill, the congresswoman explained, "It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal."
The attempted attack was widely ridiculed, provoked many parody videos, and elicited praise for Ocasio-Cortez — including from "Breakfast Club" star Molly Ringwald.
"That's it, Alexandria you're in the club! ❤️❤️," the actress wrote. Ally Sheedy, who also starred in the film, hailed the video as well.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the ridiculous right-wing temper tantrum with a video showing her dancing outside of her congressional office.
"I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! 💃🏽"
I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous.
Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! 💃🏽
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9y6ALOw4F6
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019
Ever since Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in her New York district, she has been the subject of an onslaught of attacks from Republicans and their allies in right-wing media. But instead of cowering in the face of their rage, she responds with humor — and the internet loves her for it.
Republican members of Congress even booed Ocasio-Cortez when she cast her vote Thursday for Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to be speaker of the House. She responded on Twitter by saying, "Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas."
The right will undoubtedly continue trying to attack Ocasio-Cortez. But the harder they try to take her down, the harder they fail to do so.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.