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From Trump takedowns to epic clapbacks: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s best Twitter moments

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No-one uses Twitter quite like congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. From fact-checking Republicans to calling out misogynists, AOC always tells it like it is on Twitter. These are her best and more brutal social media clapbacks. 

How do we love thee, AOC? Let us count the ways.

The youngest-ever congresswoman and representative for New York’s 14th district in the Bronx is one of the most exciting, inspiring figures in politics today. She’s a fearless warrior for equality, sustainability and progress. She refuses to be boxed in by the institutionalised misogyny of certain circles of American politics. And she continues to use her voice to speak up for those who can’t.

She’s also using social media in a way rarely seen before in politics. For a digital native, Twitter and Instagram come easily to AOC, who is as at home delivering a blistering speech on the Congress floor as she is hosting an Instagram live about her skincare routine or a recipe for one-pot noodles. 

Don’t believe that part of AOC’s power is how she communicates directly with the people via social media? Look at this statistic: since June of last year, her following increased by 600%, swelling to 3.1 million. She now has more followers than Nancy Pelosi, and her interaction rate per tweet sits at about 2.8%. Want to know what Barack Obama’s interaction rate is? 0.4%. Donald Trump? 0.2%. And Bernie Sanders? 0.09%. 

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AOC really comes into her own on Twitter, where she has a sharp-shooting, take-no-prisoners approach to interaction. Though plenty of abuse and trolling is leveraged at her online, AOC addresses all of it on her Twitter feed, clapping back with a swiftness and severity that will give you whiplash. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to get one over AOC. And, as it turns out, everyone in politics appears to be a late riser.

Here are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s best Twitter moments: 

  • When she had the perfect clapback to Donald Trump's taunts

  • When she called out the hypocrisy in the way male and female politicians are treated in the media

  • When she called out the Democrats for a tone-deaf Beyoncé tweet advertising a new phone wallpaper

  • When she spectacularly owned Rep. Liz Cheney on the definition of concentration camps

  • When she expertly called Donald Trump's bluff and schooled him on the terms of impeachment

  • When she perfectly clapped back to the person who called her the "Donald Trump" of the Democratic Party

  • When she hit back at men who like to question her intelligence (and savagely burned Trump)

  • When she perfectly summed up why it’s important to elect a diverse range of politicians

  • When she kept the receipts of the man who tried to fashion-shame her

  • When she corrected critics who tried to call her a diversity hire

  • When she called out Republicans for spending their time fact-checking her instead of engaging in open debate

  • When she reminded everyone how hard it is to be a person of colour and a woman in politics

  • When she encapsulated the ridiculousness of people being afraid of her political platform

  • When she equated trolling to catcalling

  • When she reminded everyone that anything is possible

  • When she called out the very system that she is a part of

  • When she wouldn’t let her critics attack her just because she likes to dance

  • When she called out people who continue to mispronounce her name

  • When she summed up why she’s so good at clapbacks

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