Since her upset primary victory in the summer of 2018, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her progressive agenda have become a favorite target of the Right wing.
The party that claims to champion people who "pull themselves up by their bootstraps" often derides Ocasio-Cortez's former career as a bartender in Manhattan—a position she took after college when her father's death put her family in dire financial straits.
The Congresswoman, known colloquially as AOC, recently criticized the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence as response director for the rapidly spreading coronavirus. She cited Pence's routine denial of science and poor record on health and medical issues during his tenure as governor of Indiana, tweeting that he "literally doesn't believe in science."
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempted to rebut her with a series of pedantic scientific questions.
But as she's become famous for during her tenure in Congress, AOC smacked him down with a devastating clapback.
Ocasio-Cortez cited her extensive education and achievements in the scientific field. AOC came in second in the microbiology category of the Intel International Science and Engineering fair. She graduated from Boston University with honors in economics and international relations, in addition to a litany of other accomplishments.
People were living for her response.