In case you can’t tell from their spastic screeching and horrific dad jokes on the floor of the U.S. Senate, right-wing America is absolutely terrified of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Sure, they’ll tell you that their idiotic blonde jokes repurposed as AOC troll memes prove they’re just entertained by the 29-year-old New Yorker, but don’t let that fool you. Those lame memes are an outcropping of just how scared she makes them.
AOC is smart, no matter what bargain basement memes say about her. She has more advanced degrees than the average number of non-familial sex partners the average Trump supporter in Alabama has in their lifetime. No, degrees don’t make people smart, and Ted Cruz proves that, but for all their gnashing of teeth and moaning when AOC doesn’t debate them, they know deep down, somewhere, that she’d mop the floor with them if she did decide to make their wettest dreams come true.
You can see how triggering she is on the regressive right every time she tweets. They try to clapback with one of the aforementioned horribly unfunny memes, or they just call her “stupid.” Which is, as we’ve learned from watching their president over the last couple years, a pluperfect example of their comically titanic gift for projection. Everything Trump calls someone, he is. Everything he accuses people of being, he is. And so, when people who think the earth is 6,000 years old, or that sustainable energy is just a libtarded pipe dream, come to insult AOC’s intelligence, you really only have to laugh.
They fear her because she is in an elite league all her own. She destroys them on social media all day, every day. When Mike Lee of Utah thought it would make his prop comic open mic set on the Green New Deal even funnier if he printed out pictures of Reagan on a raptor, or Luke on a tauntaun from Empire Strikes Back, AOC saw the trolling and she trolled back so much harder.
The last sentence makes it art.
Like many other women + working people, I occasionally suffer from impostor syndrome: those small moments, especially on hard days, where you wonder if the haters are right.
But then they do things like this to clear it right up.
If this guy can be Senator, you can do anything. https://t.co/vU4ChbTnnr
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2019
It’s tweets like those that drive right-wingers insane. AOC is an open Democratic Socialist, but for their attacks and insults about that making her stupid, nothing they throw at her sticks, except among people who would never be fans of hers anyway. But clapping back to Mike Lee wasn’t what Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did that lit the Internet absolutely on fire yesterday, it was a speech she made after a Republican congressman called her Green New Deal “elitist.”
What followed from Ocasio-Cortez was the stuff that makes her supporters go crazy, and short circuits conservatives into trying to label her as crazy. So many conservative pundits and politicians tried to act like what she did was unleash some unhinged rant. That is, to put it mildly, complete and utter ridiculous bullshit. Instead, the reality is that when some d-bag called the effort to pollute our environment less “elitist,” AOC reared back and hit that moron, and everyone else in his party who talks endless shit on her, with one of the most effective, impassioned rhetorical haymakers I’ve had the privilege of witnessing.
Her speech was so rousing, and so incendiary, it went super-mega-crazy viral, with good reason. AOC dispatched with the elitism criticism with a blast of reality. It’s not just rich costal libtards that want fresh air and clean water.
“This is not an elitist issue, this is a quality of life issue,” she said. “You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the south Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez deftly wove in the crisis in Flint, Michigan. Kids are being diagnosed with permanent disabilities, and AOC reminded her Republican colleagues they allegedly are pro-life, but apparently at some point being pro-life becomes “elitism.”
“Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids have their blood ascending in lead levels, their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist.”
She spoke to the fact that this kind of subject should not be political.
“This is about American lives, and it should not be partisan. Science should not be partisan.”
AOC savaged the arguments that it will cost too much to address climate change with the simple argument that the horrific effects of climate change are already costing us dearly.
“We talk about cost — we’re going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we are going to pay. And we’re either going to decide if we’re going to pay to react, or if we’re going to pay to be proactive.”
Ocasio-Cortez was as thorough as she was passionate. She even brought up the fact that our own government has been tracking and confirming climate change since the end of the 1980’s, and the private sector even earlier.
“I’m very sad to say that the government knew that climate change was real starting as far back as 1989 when NASA was reporting this. And the private sector knew way back in the 1970s. So, we had until around the time I was born to address this issue.”
You simply have to watch this speech for yourself, if you haven’t already. And if you have, watch it again. Maybe it’ll inspire you to call your own congressman or woman and ask why they aren’t supporting the Green New Deal.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 27, 2019