In yet another attempt to demonize Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Republican conspiracy theorists shared a video circulated by Dan Jordan of the newly-sworn in representative dancing in her college days.
The video was shared by a perpetrator of the QAnon conspiracy theory as an attempt to show "commie know-it-all" Ocasio-Cortez acting like the "clueless nitwit she is." It incorrectly stated that the video was from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's high school days, when it was actually a promotional video she took part in with other students for her alma mater Boston University (whose emblem is clearly visible across her shirt).
The edited video—which shows Ocasio-Cortez on a roof jamming a la The Breakfast Club—only made her even more endearing to Twitter.
@AnonymousQ1776 I’m liking her a million times more now! Thanks!— Blobert "Perfect Call” Turkey (@Blobert "Perfect Call” Turkey)1546550189.0
@AnonymousQ1776 Thank you for sharing. What a great video of a kid having fun. Makes me love her even more.— Matt Bialer (@Matt Bialer)1546549739.0
@AnonymousQ1776 She's amazing, isn't she!?— Nicole Aptekar (@Nicole Aptekar)1546549669.0
@AnonymousQ1776 Oh, so she's always been fun and cool and full of life-affirming energy? Good to know.— NYCDE (@NYCDE)1546550026.0
@AnonymousQ1776 Um, this makes her seem very relatable and fun. Was that what you were going for?— Andee Layton (@Andee Layton)1546550771.0
@AnonymousQ1776 So she’s....awesome? Likable?— Self-Partnered (@Self-Partnered)1546549746.0
Some quickly began reaching to justify resurfacing the video.
RE: @AOC and her dancing. She looks to me like she's having fun dancing at an elite school. She does not look lik… https://t.co/DS9ghP1fXw— Melissa Mackenzie 🌐 (@Melissa Mackenzie 🌐)1546547897.0
But it was too late—and even exacerbated the already embarrassing move.
Prediction: QAnoners will demand to know whether Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a dancing license.… https://t.co/snBDAf1dKx— Matt Friedman (@Matt Friedman)1546552127.0
@MelissaTweets @AOC Did you seriously type out all of those words and think to yourself, yep, that's my take. I k… https://t.co/maiXSPpS87— Shaun Lysen (@Shaun Lysen)1546549507.0
@MelissaTweets @AOC No, the secret is they recognize their privilege and use it to fight for people who don't have… https://t.co/eMXv70VqfJ— Dave Hogg (@Dave Hogg)1546551531.0
@AnonymousQ1776 Then this guy was all like... "look at this fun video of AOC this is gonna make her look bad" And… https://t.co/CzlWu9MVSp— Jason L. Rodriguez (@Jason L. Rodriguez)1546550676.0
It wasn't long before people started pointing out the hypocrisy.
Soon, users were sharing resurfaced photos of some of the Republican party's superstars.
Oh man, that video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is so embarrassing. She is DONE! Anywho, here's Ted Cruz as a mime. https://t.co/iOmJwZKLkn— Master Thief Will Farr (@Master Thief Will Farr)1546549468.0
@AnonymousQ1776 oh. no. I can't believe we elected someone who made a silly dance video. surely this is the end of… https://t.co/K9207jMuRX— eric lab rat (@eric lab rat)1546552076.0
#Republicans have a problem with @AOC dancing, but not with @farenthold using tax payer’s $ to pay off a harassment… https://t.co/VeVhJUqiOO— Noyes_Noise (@Noyes_Noise)1546551046.0
@AoDespair The difference bt AOC dancing and Trump going all in with the WWE is that she was a teenager doing teena… https://t.co/tyQP5mK9xw— Natalie S. Burke (@Natalie S. Burke)1546549969.0
Many pointed out what Brett Kavanaugh was reported to do in high school before still being confirmed to the Supreme Court.
@AnonymousQ1776 So Kavanaugh was "just being a boy" when terrorizing a girl, but AOC enjoying herself dancing makes… https://t.co/T1He93g1WK— 🌲HelicopterDogMom🐶 (@🌲HelicopterDogMom🐶)1546546418.0
Wait, #Republicans are trashing #AOC for dancing as a teenager, saying she’s not fit for Congressional office. I’m… https://t.co/rk6oCQVmSv— Sarah Dupriest (@Sarah Dupriest)1546549602.0
According to Republicans, "bar fights", "sexual assault", and "binge drinking" are common high school activities th… https://t.co/N0XA7igQ18— Jules Suzdaltsev (@Jules Suzdaltsev)1546544086.0
Looks like yet another attempt to "own the libs" failed miserably.