Precocious progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proven, time and again, that her entire political strategy hinges on just how much attention she can keep for herself in the political-entertainment sphere. She is, after all, one of the most popular lawmakers on social media, often using a variety of platforms to harvest the limelight, and purposefully provoking folks far outside of her political weight-class in order to remain salacious.
This week was no exception, as the NY Democrat decided to latch onto Tucker Carlson’s coattails.
The two first clashed over AOC’s ethnic background.
Carlson: He said it was “absurd” AOC is considered a person of color. “She’s a rich, entitled white lady,” he said, per Newsweek. “She’s the pampered obnoxious ski bunny in the matching snowsuit who tells you to pull up your mask while you’re standing in the lift line at Jackson Hole. They’re all the same, it doesn’t matter what shade they are.”
AOC: “This is the type of stuff you say when your name starts with a P and ends with dejo,” she tweeted, a reference to the Spanish-language insult pendejo. AOC’s mother was born in Puerto Rico, and her Bronx father has Puerto Rican roots.
Carlson: The host referenced a new book about AOC by New York editors in which she describes herself as “alone” one particular day. Says Carlson: “Is it just us, or does that sound like an invitation to a booty call? Maybe one step from ‘what are you wearing?’ Either way, it’s a little strange, it’s definitely oversharing.” (In a separate essay at Fox News, Carlson calls Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC a “book-length suck-up” to her.)
AOC: “You’re a creep bro,” she tweeted. “If you’re this easy w/ sexual harassment on air, how are you treating your staff?” She added: “Any man that talks like this will treat any woman like this. Doesn’t matter if you’re Republican, Democrat, or neither, this is clearly not a safe person to leave alone w/ women. Once again, the existence of a wife or daughters doesn’t make a man good. And this one is basura.”
While AOC’s adoring fanbase will likely gobble up all of these “sick burns”, those who’ve watched the Washington machine flounder in the past will recognize these cringeworthy distractions for what they are: A progressive PR campaign meant to keep us talking about Ocasio-Cortez.