Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday ripped into Fox News over Sean Hannity's obsession with her, prompting The Daily Show to join in the fun.
Hannity tried to come for Ocasio-Cortez after her policy advisor Dan Riffle changed his Twitter handle to "Every Billionaire is a Policy Failure."
Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday she supports a 70 percent marginal tax on incomes over $10 million and has railed against the American economic system which allows a few people to amass vast fortunes while millions live in poverty.
“I do think that a system that allows billionaires to exist when there are parts of Alabama where people are still getting ringworm because they don’t have access to public health is wrong," Ocasio-Cortez told journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates. “I don’t think that necessarily means that all billionaires are immoral. It is not to say that someone like Bill Gates, for example, or Warren Buffett, are immoral people," she added, later clarifying she was referring to "hookworm."
Thus after Hannity tried to spin Ocasio-Cortez's message as anti-American, the Congresswoman clapped right back on Twitter, true to form.
Tempted to frame this and put it on my desk 😂 https://t.co/EGGIsnpZfZ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1548296456.0
Wait, there’s more 🤣 https://t.co/5vH4Jb4VLy— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1548296702.0
Ocasio-Cortez asked three questions of Fox:
"I also love that such an Official TV News Network™ called him “policy guy” as his official title," the Congresswoman wrote. "What are they trying to do, compete with the Daily Show? Or is Fox News actually just elaborate, postmodern performance art? Have we been misreading it this whole time??"
I also love that such an Official TV News Network™ called him “policy guy” as his official title. What are they try… https://t.co/J5R8IwLWiN— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1548297983.0
The Daily Show replied: "We'll never be as funny tho."
@AOC We’ll never be as funny tho— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show)1548301425.0
So did the Mediaite writer who referred to Riffle as the "policy guy."
Twitter ate it up.
@TheDailyShow @AOC @david74186533 this exchange between AOC and The Daily Show is a great example as to why I love Twitter. 😂— 𝚃𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚜𝚊𝚞𝚛𝚞𝚜.➶ (@𝚃𝚒𝚏𝚏𝚊𝚜𝚊𝚞𝚛𝚞𝚜.➶)1548302783.0
@TheDailyShow @AOC lmao i love that you guys are roasting together 🔥— DVS (@DVS)1548302624.0
@TheDailyShow @AOC Trevorrr!! Ok.. I legit screamed. Loving that he follows @AOC and between the both of you my da… https://t.co/9Dihm18haB— Da Reluctant Cougar© (@Da Reluctant Cougar©)1548329360.0
Some thought that "performance art" was too nice of a term for Fox, and so an alternative was proposed.
Propaganda is more like it.
@AOC @Foxnews is American Pravda— Republican Swine (@Republican Swine)1548305091.0
@AOC It is propaganda as performance art, because that is the way their audience likes it fed to them. They are not… https://t.co/rN291OgXQ6— Lance Lobo (@Lance Lobo)1548332178.0
@AOC FOX News is propaganda. That's dangerous. Harness "news" in a most negative entertainment way. (Dictators use… https://t.co/cF32MLOTOU— Ardith Bell-Bshara (@Ardith Bell-Bshara)1548333812.0
@AOC If it indeed is postmodern performance art, then I have little to no appreciation for it. I've always conside… https://t.co/pRS12DiuLg— Robert W. Leu, soulless asshole (@Robert W. Leu, soulless asshole)1548303826.0
Fox brings the mockery upon itself.
@AOC @FoxNews is getting so good at the self-own, I'm starting to wonder if the production staff is being held host… https://t.co/jzmrcq05zC— Unimpressed By Capitalist Horseshit (@Unimpressed By Capitalist Horseshit)1548304409.0
@AOC It's not Fox News. It's Fox Entertainment (for a specific reason)— Snitty (@Snitty)1548333624.0
@AOC Fox News self identifies as entertainment media. Even with the Fairness Doctrine in play the First Amendment w… https://t.co/Y6Bei66dd0— Herman Sun (@Herman Sun)1548329457.0
@AOC They've become a parody of themselves tbh At this pace they will literally have headlines that just say "ORAN… https://t.co/nJ495w2dxR— Hiero (@Hiero)1548317109.0
Earlier Wednesday, The Daily Show joked that Hannity would invite President Donald Trump to give the State of the Union address from his house. Trump caved to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) demand that he postpone his annual address until the government shutdown, now on its 34th day, ends.
Hannity tonight https://t.co/Rbb94nxFS7— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show)1548284841.0
Hannity ended up doing exactly that.
We quit https://t.co/5mgq8gIWxE— The Daily Show (@The Daily Show)1548297146.0