Popular Fox News commentator and devout Republican Sean Hannity recently covered the agenda of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic nomination for New York’s 14th District in a surprise victory against opponent Joe Crowley.
Fox News is not known for accurate reporting, yet Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist, took to Twitter to agree with Hannity’s description of her agenda.
Pretty much! pic.twitter.com/73nxk22W55
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 2, 2018
In keeping with Fox News tradition, Hannity represented policies like “Medicare for all,” “clean campaign finance,” and “higher education for all” as the rumblings of a socialist takeover, which made Ocasio-Cortez’s response all the more gratifying. Social media relished the Democratic nominee’s comeback.
It's funny how they showed that to scare folks, and I'm betting at least one or two Fox watchers were like "Wait… wait, no, wait… I support that… but… wait… no… what?!"
— Justin Woo (@justinwooartist) July 2, 2018
Dear Conservatives friends: Sean Hannity just broadcast this as a reason to be against Ocasio-Cortez. For the life of me, I'm trying to come up with even one reason why everything on this list isn't awesome. Help me out and let me know why you're against some of these things? pic.twitter.com/JqZ5YZDPxT
— Dominic Biondi (@DominicABiondi) June 28, 2018
Rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Democrat who *checks notes* thinks ppl who live in a wealthy country shouldn't go hungry
Sean Hannity did a 'hit-piece' on her that showed off her best ideas. She is considering using this in political ads.
Have a lovely weekend, all. x pic.twitter.com/VJ8AaFllcd
— Anti-Social Media (@ASM_AntiSocial) June 30, 2018
I’d take a Socialist over a Facist like Drumpf ANY day‼️
— LCB22 (@c_lcb22) June 30, 2018
While Fox News is focused on instilling fear of Ocasio-Cortez in its viewers, her election represents, for many, a reason to hope.
Her opponent, Representative Joe Crowley (D-NY) was the favorite to replace House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and to ascend to Speaker of the House if the Democrats regained their majority. Crowley outspent Ocasio-Cortez nearly seventeen to one and had not had a challenge in the primary since 2004. During the campaign, Crowley skipped two debates against Ocasio-Cortez, sending a surrogate instead. Many took his absence as a sign of his confidence in a victory.
Ocasio-Cortez’s victory seemed against all odds. When discussing reasons for the surprise victory, Ocasio-Cortez said:
“People try to identify who is the most likely person to turn out, and what we did is that we changed who turns out. And that changes the whole electorate.”
That didn’t stop many people from dismissing her win as a matter of demographics due to the diversity of the 14th District, a majority-minority district which includes the Bronx and parts of Queens. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to rebuke these skeptics as well.
Some folks are saying I won for “demographic” reasons.
1st of all, that’s false. We won w/voters of all kinds.
2nd, here’s my 1st pair of campaign shoes. I knocked doors until rainwater came through my soles.
Respect the hustle. We won bc we out-worked the competition. Period. pic.twitter.com/RbpQMYTiWY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 29, 2018
Some are hoping that Ocasio-Cortez’s win is a signal of a nationwide step to the left in response to increasing uncertainty characterizing the era of President Donald Trump.
Trump also had something to say about Ocasio-Cortez’s win, but unlike Hannity, he seemed excited.
Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place, just LOST his primary election. In other words, he’s out! That is a big one that nobody saw happening. Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
Trump’s giddiness at Crowley’s loss made him seem unaware that the woman who ousted him was even further left and more vocal against the Trump administration’s policies. Americans were quick to inform him.
The woman who won is Latina and spent last week protesting your policies on the border. She is young, and strong and, I assume, deeply threatening to your base of man-babies.
— Alison Hoskins (@AliWHoskins) June 27, 2018
Oh yea, you’re gonna love this 28 year-old Latina – and I hear she has big plans for you ; )
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 27, 2018
It’s too soon to say whether or not Ocasio-Cortez’s victory is indicative of the impending “blue wave” Democrats are hoping for or if her win will remain local to New York. Regardless, a Democratic candidate defeating a longtime incumbent with such a far left platform has instilled a weary Democratic base with a sliver of hope.