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.
I’m liking her a million times more now! Thanks!
— Blobert 2020 (@blobert) January 3, 2019
Thank you for sharing. What a great video of a kid having fun. Makes me love her even more.
— Matt Bialer (@MattBialer) January 3, 2019
She's amazing, isn't she!?
— Nicole Aptekar (@nicoles) January 3, 2019
Oh, so she's always been fun and cool and full of life-affirming energy? Good to know.
— NYCDE (@wanderingcde) January 3, 2019
Um, this makes her seem very relatable and fun. Was that what you were going for?
— AndeeLayton (@AndeeLayton) January 3, 2019
So she’s….awesome? Likable?
— Ram-Arya Stark (@Ramsizzzle) January 3, 2019
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 like she's oppressed.
That's the secret about Obama, AOC, Bernie, Warren and the rest who talk in terms of "the privileged" / "the oppressed": They're all privileged.
— Melissa Mackenzie 🌐 (@MelissaTweets) January 3, 2019
But it was too late—and even exacerbated the already embarrassing move.
— Matt Friedman (@MattFriedmanNJ) January 3, 2019
Did you seriously type out all of those words and think to yourself, yep, that's my take.
I know the Trump grift is scraping from the bottom of the barrel but even by those standards this one is special
— Shaun Lysen (@shaunlysen) January 3, 2019
No, the secret is they recognize their privilege and use it to fight for people who don't have it. The right claims they don't have privilege, but fights to the death to keep it.
— Dave Hogg (@stareagle) January 3, 2019
Then this guy was all like… "look at this fun video of AOC this is gonna make her look bad"
And I was all like… pic.twitter.com/NnUXvbuG8A
— Jason L. Rodriguez (@7yl3rDvrd3n) January 3, 2019
It wasn’t long before people started pointing out the hypocrisy.