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Add “Owning on Twitter” to the List of Things We Love About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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We’re big fans of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Congressional candidate who defeated longtime incumbent representative Joe Crowly in last week’s New York primary. Ocasio-Cortez ran on an ultra-progressive platform promising grassroots, hands-on change to benefit real working class people.

Naturally, a lot of institutionalists are pretty scared of her and they’re trying out all the tactics they can think of to tear her down. Many have declared her too liberal or too radical for mainstream politics, including establishment leaders like Senators Nancy Pelosi and Tammy Duckworth, who have warned against voters getting “carried away” with such dramatic shift to the political left.

For her part, Ocasio-Cortez has the absolute perfect response to these claims, saying, “Working-class Americans want a clear champion and there is nothing radical about moral clarity in 2018.”

Now, Some Dudes on Twitter are taking another approach: attacking her cred as a “real New Yorker.”

Ocasio-Cortez has given plenty of interviews in which she’s discussed her family’s decision to move to Yorktown when she was five years old, and the insight it gave her into what a difference a zip code makes, as she saw firsthand the lack of opportunities offered to her cousins in her old neighborhood, simply because of where they were born. But John Cardillo is full of garbage opinions, and a Google search tells me Arthur Schwartz is best known as “Anthony Scaramucci’s friend,” so this is to be expected, and maybe they don’t deserve Ocasio-Cortez’s attention or response. Nevertheless, they got it, and her response is, once again, perfect.

Yes, how dare Ocasio-Cortez have the gall–the absolute gall–to grow up in a HOUSE of all places??

Obviously, this requires memes.

That last one was so good it elicited a response from Ocasio-Cortez.

And yes, she knows she spelled Janeway’s name wrong!

William Shatner is a moldy red pill of a human but I still appreciate this exchange:

Nothing but respect for OUR Congresswoman.

( image: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

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