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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to conservatives angry at her dance moves with some more rump shakin’. 

by Tod Perry

January 4, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ascent to the U.S. House of Representatives has ruffled a lot of Republican feathers. The proud Democratic Socialist has become a lightning rod of for conservative anger because of her progressive views.

In the right-wing bubble, she’s often referred to as a communist because they mistake Democratic Socialismthe form of government that has helped create high standards of living in Europe — with the totalitarian Socialist regimes in Venezuela and Cuba.

On Thursday, a since-deleted Twitter account associated with the ludacris right-wing Q Anon conspiracy tweeted a video of Ocasio-Cortez dancing in her college days. “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…” the tweet read.

It was retweeted by countless conservative accounts who hoped a video of Ocasio-Cortez being carefree in her college days would somehow diminish her as a politician. 

“We caught you moving rhythmically to music! Now it’s over for you, Cortez!”

In the original tweet, the video was edited so Ocasio-Cortez appears to be dancing to a sultry beat. But the fine people of Twitter discovered that the footage was taken from a video that features Boston University students recreating the dance scene from iconic 1985 movie “The Breakfast Club” to “Lisztomania” by Phoenix.

The video quickly went viral, and not because it signaled the demise of Ocasio-Cortez’s young political career, but because it showed a politician in the throws of early 20s bliss having fun. If there was any big reveal in the video it’s that Ocasio-Cortez is a damn good dancer.

In the end, the video probably only makes her more likable and exposes right wingers who shared it as boring curmudgeons.


The next day, Ocasio-Cortez responded to conservative haters on Twitter with another video of herself dancing. This time she was shakin’ what her mother gave her to “War” by Edwin Starr outside of her new Congressional office. 

“I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!,” she wrote on Twitter, adding “Have a great weekend everyone :)”

And, of course, her followers loved it.

Share image via Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / Twitter.

 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responds to conservatives angry at her dance moves with some more rump shakin’.