Rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been making headlines around the country for her unwavering commitment to progressive values and her barnstorming approach to social media outreach — and drawing the attention of the conservative media circus, which is constantly on the lookout for anyone or anything they can use to distract the nation from Special Counsel Mueller and his looming investigation of President Trump.
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The latest conservative to take aim at the viral sensation is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, the father of Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and a perennial Twitter laughingstock for his frustratingly incoherent Twitter jokes that takes bad dad jokes to unheard-of lows.
Huckabee took to Twitter to make a terrible joke about an article by right-wing British tabloid the Daily Mail that misrepresented Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks on the importance of the election that swept her and dozens of other progressives into the halls of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez compares her election to moon landing. Huh? Big difference. Moon landing was LUNAR, not LOONEY; Moon landing done by ppl who knew what they were doing…those who elected someone who thought there were 3 branches of Congress did NOT. https://t.co/Kc3nvvByN3
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 2, 2018
What Ocasio-Cortez actually said was this: “We went to the moon. We electrified the nation. We established civil rights. We enfranchised the country. We dig deep, and we did it. We did it when no one else thought that we could. That’s what we did when so many of us won an election this year.”
The young representative then used those historic achievements as a comparison to the Green New Deal that she and the other progressive Congressman are pushing for in order to stop climate change and literally save human civilization as we know it.
Refusing to be talked down to by a cranky old man like Huckabee Sanders Ocasio-Cortez immediately took to Twitter to fire back at the former governor for misrepresenting her words — and got in a personal jab at his despised daughter, the shameless liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
A Green New Deal will take a level of ambition + innovation on the scale of the moon landing. We’ve been done it before, and can do it again.
Leave the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s much better at it.
Also, you haven’t been a Governor of any state for 10+ years now. https://t.co/R7q5CkMw8Y
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 3, 2018
Even Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman came to her defense, rightfully pointing out that Republicans are obsessed with trying to paint her as an unqualified idiot when the vast majority of Republican congressmen are entirely ignorant of grade-school level biology, not to mention anything more complex than that.
Their insecurity in the face of a bright, charismatic woman of color is spectacular. I particularly like the constant claims that she's stupid when, let's face it, the average GOP House member knows as much about policy as the average house pet. https://t.co/JzK4665oRy
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 3, 2018
We need more politicians with the drive and the passion of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the will to tackle the colossal problem of climate change — and to take no bull from conservatives who are trying to drag her down.