Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not going to let anyone rain on her (dancing) parade.
Just two days after becoming the youngest woman to be sworn into Congress, the 29-year-old was forced to defend herself after Twitter troll @AnonymousQ (who has since deleted their account) shared a 30-second video of a college-aged Cortez dancing to Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” on a rooftop.
“Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” read the now deleted tweet, according to CNN.
The dance video, which quickly made rounds on the internet, was released in an attempt to shame the congresswoman, however it ended up backfiring. Like, massively.
Instead of humiliating Cortez, the video actually appeared to increase her cool-factor. I mean, dancing to a PG-rated Indie hit while recreating dance moves from the beloved classic The Breakfast Club is about as wholesome (and relatable) as it gets.
As pointed out by another Twitter user (and fellow BU alum), the short clip was actually part of much longer video that was created while Cortez was an undergraduate at Boston University.
In the video, originally shared eight years ago (peep these very 2010 fashions, hidden wedge ballet flats and all), she is joined by other students, letting Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy serve as inspiration.
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Since being elected in November and unseating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley during the New York primary, Cortez has dealt with her fair share of criticism over everything from her bank account, to her clothes, and even her childhood home.
But she has no problem shutting down her conservative haters, as she did on Thursday with a single tweet addressing the boos she received from her Republican colleagues.
“Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me,” she wrote. “Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas.”
A day later, after being asked about her dance moves by Hill reporter Olivia Beavers, Cortez had a succinct reply: “It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well and I’m happy to be one.” She also threw in a dig at her haters, writing, “It is unsurprising to me that Republication would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal.”
She continued with advice for young political hopefuls.
“But I think it is really part of the larger question about who should run and how we should run and I think it is great,” Cortez said. “You can be young and run for office. You can have join in life and run for office.”
But Cortez wasn’t done yet. Shortly after, she posted an adorable video of herself to dancing to Edwin Starr’s song, “War” outside her congressional office.
“I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous,” she said in the tweet. “Wait till they find out Congresswoman dance too!”
We honestly don’t deserve her.
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