Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was accused of “looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss” by Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan in her observation of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last night.
And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss. 2.
— Peggy Noonan (@Peggynoonannyc) February 6, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez soon responded.
“Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future,” she wrote. “We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact.”
Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?
Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future.
We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact. https://t.co/7bu3QXFMnC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 6, 2019
It’s true that Ocasio-Cortez, one of the president’s more prominent critics, did not applaud him during a speech that has been described as both “unrepentant” and “defiant.”
NO SMILING. NO CLAPPING. NO OVATION. AN AMERICAN HERO. pic.twitter.com/dHw2IHQWkd
— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) February 6, 2019
Many took Ocasio-Cortez’s side over Noonan’s.
It wasn't a coming out party, Peggy.
— Margaret Tuberose (@MargaretTubero2) February 6, 2019
Unlike AOC, your bad nights aren’t rare.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 6, 2019
When you have so completely lost touch not only with the times but the moment, it is time to stop writing and start working on a little personal reflection.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 6, 2019
Drives you nuts how beloved @AOC is, and how forgotten you are She's the future, a woman with guts and smarts mastering words in a way you never could, the new queen of the media. You are the past, and an amoral fool for defending a monster.
— Amy Holden Jones (@aholdenj) February 6, 2019
The self-described democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez has made regular headlines for her disavowals of the president.
Ahead of the State of the Union address, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out a CNN story on “what to watch” on the State of the Union address, adding “none of it.” (She did not elaborate further.)
“The president was unprepared. I don’t think that he did his homework,” she told MSNBC afterward.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 6, 2019
“We’ve seen State of the Union address delivered by many presidents, Democrat and Republican,” she continued. “They almost always have substantive policies that are offered. I agree with Senator [Amy] Klobuchar that there was no plan. There was no plan to address our opioid crisis. There was no plan to address the cost of health care, there was no plan to increase wages. It was… I had to ask myself: ‘Is this a campaign stop or is this the State of the Union?”