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Drag Queen Shuga Cain Is Answering AOC’s Cry For Help On Her Journey To Glow Up

If Jesus Martinez didn’t quit his six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen, we may have never known Shuga Cain, as seen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Shuga Cain and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have a lot more in common than Latinidad. They both have risked the only life they’ve ever known to achieve their dreams. They both share the same political ideologies, and Shuga Cain has rooted AOC’s rise to influence within Congress.

That said, AOC said it first: she doesn’t know mierda about glam. Now, Shuga Cain is offering to teach her some of her tricks, and the Internet is stanning the collaboration we never knew we needed.

Once AOC took to her Instagram story to announce to the world she was on “the struggle bus big time,” trying to “glow up,” Shuga Cain came to the rescue.

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Over Labor Day weekend, AOC seemed to take the opportunity to play around with some false lashes. We didn’t get a glimpse at the lashes in action, but rather a photo of the lashes retired to their box, to be glued on another day. The freshman Congresswoman joked, “I am trying to practice my glow up skills and am on the struggle bus big time.” It seems she’s definitely having a sense of humor about it. 😂

Miss Shuga Cain heard the cry for help and offered her help.

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The drag queen, who starred in Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” shared the image of the sad lashes to her Twitter account with a question we all didn’t even know we needed to hear: “@AOC, how about we do a glam session together?” Miss Shuga Cain offered, “I’ll teach you some of my tricks! 😉” While we can’t quite price the worth of that glam session, we know it’s probably far out of the Congresswoman’s budget, and a generous gift from Miss Cain.

Claro, AOC is a logical woman and accepted the offer.

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“I’d love that!” AOC replied, along with emojis signifying her signature Puerto Rican red lip look. “YAASS! Let do it!! Messaging you!” Shuga Cain replied. While their first ever online exchange seems to be ongoing within private messages, Twitter is speculating on all the ways we wish to see this collaboration meet the public eye.

Fans are asking that AOC join “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a guest judge on the next season.

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Imagine the BTS the American public deserves–to see Shuga Cain doing AOC’s makeup before the show. Imagine forever being able to watch AOC apply those lashes and red lip on her Instagram story while she talks about the origin story of Taki’s and Trader Joe’s rip off of Latin culture? Imagine the possibilities.

Others are calling out AOC for already being a perfect angel.

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“Miss Ocasio-Cortez is already the most glowingly glown-up EVERRR!” tweeted one major AOC fan. It’s a hard tug-of-war between needing the collaboration video of AOC and Miss Shuga Cain interacting and knowing that beauty procedures as small as gluing eyelashes onto your lids is just enablement of patriarchal beauty standards that ultimately cost women their money and time. We get it. 

Shuga Cain has publicly supported AOC’s politics time and time again.

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Earlier this year, Shuga Cain retweeted a viral video of AOC telling seven big bank CEOs. She said, “In my district, I represent Riker’s island. I represent kids that go to jail for jumping a turnstile because they can’t afford a MetroCard.” She’s demanding answers for why the wealthy law-breakers responsible for the 2008 financial crisis aren’t being held to account. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again!” Shuga Cain tweeted, thanking AOC for “standing up for all of us!! We all, including myself, need to learn from her example and stand up for each other and hold these crooks accountable!” Just a couple months later, Shuga Cain shared a video of AOC condemning the notion of a war with Iran, being sure to applaud AOC with a “COME THRUUUU @AOC!!!!”

All we know is that AOC is glowing up the American government, and Shuga Cain is more than capable of offering AOC the glow up she’s asking for.

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Yeah, we think Shuga Cain can handle a pair of false lashes, top and bottom. We’re with the stans: live stream this makeover or bust.

READ: Fans Are Living For This Miss Vanjie Cake Brought To Us By Fierce Latina Queen Shuga Cain From ‘Drag Race’ Season 11

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Bernie Sanders Presidency Might Just Be The Fight We Need

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Push For A Bernie Sanders Presidency Might Just Be The Fight We Need

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As the 2020 presidential election draws ever nearer, the stakes are growing significantly higher for the candidates of both major parties—and quickly. In the case of the Democrats, the top four candidates (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg) are all closely ranked in New Hampshire and Iowa, and it’s no secret that Iowa is a particularly important state when it comes to forecasting election season. This week, the Des Moines Register poll showed Sanders with a mild lead in this Midwest state, a stat that bodes well for him in the coming months—well, at least, it might. At this point in the game, it’s really impossible to guess what’s to come, especially in the midst of the chaos surrounding our military conflict with Iran and the impeachment of President Trump.

In addition to a millennial-friendly position on a wide range of issues—from healthcare reform to student loan forgiveness—many folks are speculating about Senator Sanders’ success resulting from his endorsement by none other than AOC herself.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders back in October, and ever since, she’s stood alongside him in several early-voting states, drawing major crowds in Nevada, California, New York, and, of course, Iowa. Sanders’ approach to policy may already pique the interest of the millennial generation, but AOC is, herself, a millennial—she speaks to this age group from her own perspective as a progressive young person, appealing to her peers with firsthand knowledge of what matters to them most. She’s impassioned, savvy, likeable. And she’s not just exciting the millennial demographic—she’s appealing to all kinds of Democrats.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a leader in the progressive movement,” said Jeff Weaver, longtime adviser to Sanders. “She is broadly popular, frankly, among Democratic voters. She is particularly strong with young voters, voters of color. She’s an important national voice and adding her weight to the political revolution is a real coup for us.”

It’s definitely clear that AOC and Sanders are making waves across the country, establishing powerful connections with legions of unlikely and diverse Democratic constituencies. And as they continue to generate energy and excitement, people are starting to wonder: Will AOC ultimately inherit the progressive movement headed by Sanders? Will she occupy the White House one day?

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Again, no one can answer these questions right now. But in the meantime, the political duo is leaving a powerful imprint on enthusiastic delegates, paving the way for what might end up being a highly productive race for the Democratic socialists. With that said, it’s important to remember that Joe Biden is currently favored in Nevada and South Carolina, placing him and Sanders in a sort of limbo, hovering at a similar point  in the race. But if one of them ends up gaining early momentum, either candidate could potentially emerge as a singular favorite by the time Super Tuesday arrives in March.

Waleed Shahid, a former aide to both Sanders and AOC, acknowledged the pair’s recent visit through California, saying that Sanders would benefit from further establishing himself within the Super Tuesday state—a move that would allow him to expand his already strong position among Latino voters. (In surveys of Latino Democrats, Sanders typically polls first or second.) And AOC is, without a doubt, boosting his ratings among this demographic: to make sure their message is being heard, she’s been delivering campaign speeches entirely in Spanish to Latino crowds.

Even if there’s no way to predict AOC’s future role in the Democratic party, there have been hints as to what might come to pass if Sanders is chosen as the Democratic candidate for this year’s election.

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In an election endorsement interview with The New York Times Editorial Board, Sanders said that it was “a little bit premature” to name a running mate, as the first nominating contest is still weeks away. But he continued by saing, “I think Joe [Biden] has had eight years as vice president: probably enough.” He added, “I believe in diversity. I believe and know that my administration and my cabinet will look like America looks like. I’m not going to tell you who it’s going to be.”

While Sanders may be trying to keep his plans on the down low (he isn’t wrong, after all—it is a bit early to start naming potential running mates), it’s clear that he and AOC have a similar vision and a sincere, collaborative chemistry. Plus, he did tell ABC in November that she would “play a very, very important role — no question” if he becomes president. He has even taken to occasionally citing remarks by AOC during his speeches, reiterating that they share a parallel perspective for the future of our country. At this point, all we can do is speculate about a Sanders/AOC ticket. Ya veremos!

AOC Said In Any Other Country She And Joe Biden Would Not Even Be In The Same Party

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AOC Said In Any Other Country She And Joe Biden Would Not Even Be In The Same Party

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New York Magazine profiled the superstar progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fondly known as AOC. The 30-year-old The Bronx native was not afraid to vent her frustrations with Vice President Joe Biden and the right-leaning centrists who seem to dominate the Democratic Party. 

AOC shared the same concern as many progressives: that centrists control the party at a crucial time for democracy and have a misguided approach to governing during a time when the Republican Party refuses to cooperate. 

AOC said she and Joe Biden don’t belong in the same political party.

When reporter David Freedlander asked her what she thought her place might be should Joe Biden become president, her response was candid, to say the least. 

“Oh God,” she said. “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are.”’

Freedlander describes AOC as the tenacious hopeful many estimated her to be. She sees no reason to comprise on her values and will fearlessly stand against what’s popular. Notably, in 2019, she was the only Democrat to vote against funding the government because that would mean funding ICE. This might seem like it should be the standard — a leader with a strong sense of justice — but in a representative government, it is more common for Democrats to acquiesce to popular sentiment (i.e. centrist and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waiting for public approval to impeach the president, rather than what the law dictates). 

AOC feels these Democrats cave too easily on the demands of the more conservative members of the party.

“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to basically be a tea party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” the representative of the New York’s 14th district said.

AOC describes tension within the party with one side successfully attempting to pull it right, and the other side also quite successfully trying to pull it left (i.e. the rise of progressives like the Squad, Elizabeth Warren and AOC’s 2020 pick Bernie Sanders).  

“So the Democratic Party has a role to play in this problem, and it’s like we’re not allowed to talk about it. We’re not allowed to talk about anything wrong the Democratic Party does,” she said. “I think I have created more room for dissent, and we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left.” 

AOC says that she learned from her own experiences that fear has begun to dominate how politicians govern.

The freshman congresswoman recounted an incident where she wanted to sit in on a meeting in Pelosi’s office. It was about the Green New Deal, but other members of the squad chickened out at the last minute. AOC wasn’t sure if she should go? Would the move infuriate the eventual House Speaker? 

“I was terrified,” AOC told New York Magazine. “I learned a lot about how fear shapes the decisions of elected officials: ‘I know this could be bad, and this could make someone mad, and I don’t know exactly how they would drop the hammer on me or what hammers would be dropped.’ It felt like the right thing to do, and when you say that people think it’s a form of naïveté and that it’s childish, but I don’t think it was.”

Much of the conflict exists between the moderates and progressives because of what is at stake. While moderates appear more concerned with winning elections to expand the party’s power, according to AOC, progressives seem more concerned with policy-making. That means they aren’t afraid to challenge other incumbent Democrats in elections. However, Freedlander notes that moderates have challenged far more incumbents than progressives lately. 

Progressives are too threatening to some of the more seasoned Democrats.

“As a consequence of my victory, many people are inspired to run for office, and in a body where 70 percent of the seats are safe red or safe blue, that de facto means a lot more primaries,” she said. 

Dissent is a healthy party of democracy, that is why it is protected by the First Amendment. The differences between moderates and progressives can be good: healthy competition can breed better results. However, it can be confusing for voters when such a large spectrum of values and priorities exists within one party. The person who wants Sanders to win probably has little in common with a candidate like Biden. The massive disparity forces voters to either compromise their values or become apathetic. 

“Democrats can be too big of a tent,” AOC said summing up the issue.

But if there’s one way to change politics, it is by changing the attitudes of voters. AOC wants to get more people involved, and she wants to do it by making politics more understandable. 

“Politics should be pop because it should be consumable and accessible to everyday people,” she said. “I think that’s what populism is about.”