February 6, 2023

A conservative just tried to mock Ocasio-Cortez’s qualifications and immediately paid for it

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The soaring popularity of freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made the Democratic Socialist standard-bearer the target of numerous right-wing trolls who scrutinize her Twitter feed looking for opportunities to attack her and her policy agenda in order to crow to their alt-right buddies about how they “owned” the Bronx-born representative.


Alex Van Ness, a former director at the far-right think tank The Center for Security Policy, thought he had found the perfect opportunity to humiliate Rep. Ocasio-Cortez when she posted this tweet earlier today in response to the presidential bid by former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz and his comments on her being the inspiration for his running as an independent.

Van Ness saw his chance to send a zinger out about the social media savvy congresswoman and did his best to paint her as an inexperienced hypocrite for her comments towards Schultz.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez saw the smart-ass reply and came back at Van Ness with a series of responses that highlighted Van Ness’s condescension while rebutting his sexist and ageist assumptions.

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When she noticed that Van Ness had quickly deleted his original tweet upon reading her reply, she made sure to memorialize and retweet her own copy of his offending comments.

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To Van Ness’ credit, he acknowledged his utter defeat at the hands of the outspoken and feisty Congresswoman in a tweet that perfectly illustrated how Ocasio-Cortez handled the interaction.

This round goes to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez who now looks likely to be anointed the new progressive queen of Twitter among her colleagues in Congress. We await her next bout against a regressive opponent with eager anticipation.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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