Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Conservative Media Beef: A Fight That Both Sides are Winning
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be serving in the legislative branch of government starting in January as a freshman member of the House. But she’s been serving as the subject of Republican mocking on social media for months.
Like fellow Democrats Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Yogi Berra (probably), Ocasio-Cortez is gaffe-prone, and her gaffes are made into hay on the right. But, as social media pariah-elect Eddie Scarry discovered recently, she’s pretty effective at clapping back.
In the latest round, Ocasio-Cortez had a calculation error when discussing the composition of government on a video call with Justice Democrats, which was posted to Facebook.
“If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress, rather, all three chambers of government — the presidency, the Senate and the House — in 2020. We can’t start working in 2020.”
Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd, they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make:
that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare. https://t.co/fMOijEa7tF
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 19, 2018
[Jeff Foxworthy voice] If you correct things in real-tomd, you might be a covfefe.
For the record, Congress does not have three chambers or 57 chambers, but two. And the government has three branches of government: the legislative, the executive, the judicial. And potato doesn’t have an “e” at the end.
The Observer’s Davis Richardson warns Republicans indulging in highlighting Ocasio-Cortez’s many, many instances of not knowing what she’s talking about, saying that the Democratic Socialist is better at memes and social media than they are. “read very carefully when attacking Ocasio-Cortez online,” he writes. And blogger Jared Holt agreed, calling the mockery “ludicrous attacks”.
But that may be over-assessing the kerfuffles. making fun of the slip-ups from government officials and politicians is not only a time-honored American tradition, but it’s also good strategery. For both sides of the beef. Because not only do they get exposure and buzz, it can fire up the angry people or endear the even-tempered.
And there will never be a shortage of material. Everyone has an Aleppo moment now and then. Some more than others. Yeargh!!
Now watch this drive…
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