Don’t downplay this congresswoman’s achievements, because she will seriously call you out on it.
What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has achieved in politics this past year is worth celebrating.
The 29-year-old has become the youngest ever female representative in the history of American politics, a rallying point for politically-charged youth and the new face of the Democratic party. Her policies are being debated, her influence is being felt and her voice is being heard. She’s making waves.
So don’t tell her that she doesn’t deserve to be in politics.
A man tried to do just that, making what he has called a “snarky dig” at the congresswoman after Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that billionaire Howard Schultz, the former CEO of Starbucks and a man currently eyeing a presidential campaign, isn’t subjected to the same kind of sexist commentary that she endured when she ran for congress.
“Why don’t people ever tell billionaires who want to run for President that they need to “work their way up” or that “maybe they should start with city council first”?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
Alex VanNess, a conservative researcher based in Washington DC, responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about Schultz saying: “why didn’t anyone tell this bartender that maybe she should have started with the city council first?”
Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t having it. She responded to VanNess’ tweet - which he quickly deleted - by saying that “this bartender”, in fact, not only earned her place in the House of Representatives but belongs there.
“‘This bartender’,” she wrote, “has served in a Senate casework office, organised and educated 1000s of young people, earned relevant degrees w/ honours, worked on field campaigns, and the only reason I wasn’t told to run for city council, was because I was consistently told not to run at all.”
Ocasio-Cortez added: “and by the way, it’s ‘Congresswoman’.”
It was such a perfectly executed burn that it almost made us stand up and applaud.
VanNess, knowing that his number was up, quickly deleted his tweet and even added an addendum on twitter that he more than deserved this spectacular Ocasio-Cortez ass-whooping.
“I got rekt,” he joked. “I deleted a tweet at AOC, which was a failed attempt at a snarky dig. She whooped my ass and dragged me hard. I will need burn cream for the next few days.”
The annals of Twitter are littered with the wreckage of all those who try to make sport of Ocasio-Cortez. Let this serve as an official warning: take on the congresswoman at your own risk.