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AOC Took Down The Idea Of The Electoral College And Her Argument Is Angering Conservatives

Republicans love to talk about Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, from the type of car her tía loans her to where she buys her clothes. They especially like to talk about how her Nuyorican upbringing has affected her politics. AOC has been talking about the injustices of the Electoral College for a long time now. On Monday, she took to her Instagram story to educate her followers on why the Electoral College is not such a good thing, an idea that has been gaining traction since the 2016 elections. Fox News “is big mad” about the idea of abolishing the electoral college, which tipped the election in favor of Donald Trump.

In fact, Fox News did an entire news segment on her Instagram story.

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The conservative news outlet was disturbed to consider the ugly notion that the Electoral College could be racist, and effectively acted aghast by the accusation. Their guest, Dana Perino, said that she “trusts” the Founding Fathers in that they knew what they were doing.

Obviously, AOC has taken to Twitter to make this civics lesson crystal clear for everyone.

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Before we get too deep, for folks who don’t really get what the big deal is with the Electoral College, let’s simplify the system real quick. When we go to the polls to vote for the president, what we’re really doing is voting which candidate will receive all of your state’s electors. Each state has differing amounts, and it’s a winner-takes-all game in most states. If the majority of voters in say, Pennsylvania, vote for one candidate, then that candidate gets the entire state’s electors. What the Electoral College does for the everyday American is reduce the value of their vote. Moving on.

The GOP wants us to believe that eliminating the Electoral College, will make it so that just “a handful of states determine the presidency.”

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Actually, that’s what the Electoral College does. The popular vote is simple. Each vote counts as one vote. Punto. The GOP has lost the popular vote in six of the seven last elections.

Then she shot down the GOP “concept that the Electoral College provides “fairness” to rural Americans over coastal states doesn’t hold any water whatsoever.”

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In a follow-up tweet, she pointed out that, “First of all, virtually every state has rural communities. NY. California. Much of our states are rural.” Now let’s talk about racism. AOC had pointed out Monday that the Electoral College is premised on somehow evening the playing field between rural America and urban America. “Could you imagine,” she posted, “if we had this kind of democracy-altering “fairness” provision for literally any other group? If we weighed, for example, Black and Indigenous voters more because of unfairness?”

Studies show that the electoral college values white votes above all others.

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Then, Ocasio posed several tough questions, sure to be evaded, of the GOP to Twitter: “We do not give electoral affirmative action to any other group in America. Do Black Americans have their votes count more bc they have been disenfranchised for 100s of years? Do Reservations get an electoral vote? Does Puerto Rico and US territories get them? No. They don’t.” That’s because the Electoral College isn’t about accurate representation.

Effectively, the Electoral College adjusts the fairness of the popular vote and automatically leans it more white.

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The GOP is all about ensuring states maintain autonomy and power without “big government” influence as much as possible. The reality is that the Electoral College goes far beyond ensuring small states are given fair representation in national elections. That’s because every state is automatically given three electoral votes, no matter how many people live there. Those small states are whiter, on average than larger states, making nonwhite voters underrepresented in the Electoral College.

Latinos are the most underrepresented group in the Electoral College, and effectively, in the presidency of the United States.

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According to a study done by sociologist Sean Darling-Hammond, rural votes are disproportionately valued higher than any other group. Meanwhile, Latinos are the most underrepresented group in her study. Of course, her study doesn’t include indigenous folks.

We may not even need to abolish the electoral college, thanks to The National Popular Vote compacts.

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Fourteen states have already signed bills into law that would automatically defer its electors to whichever candidate wins the popular vote. According to the Brennan Center, there are enough states considering adopting this pact that would effectively render the electoral college meaningless.

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Right-Wing Pundit Tomi Lahren Dressed Up As AOC For Halloween And Twitter Had Some Thoughts

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Right-Wing Pundit Tomi Lahren Dressed Up As AOC For Halloween And Twitter Had Some Thoughts

Conservative political commentator and Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren dressed up as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in order to mock the progressive congresswoman. It appears Lahren, has a knack for picking on Latinas from The Bronx. The pundit came under fire this year when she insulted Cardi B. The rapper kindly let Lahren know that she would “dog walk” her. 

Lahren, who was fired from her previous job at The Blaze when she dissented from her employers and admitted she was pro-choice, said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants to pass policies that will save the world from global warming, is scarier than any other monster she’s seen. 

Tomi Lahren dressed up as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Halloween.

Lahren posted a photo of herself dressed up as AOC in a desperate attempt to someone how diminish the efforts of the Latinx congresswoman who just so happens to be the youngest congressperson in history after unseating an incumbent. 

“This Halloween I decided to dress up as the thing that scares me most, the Democratic Dimwit Darling herself. I’m not afraid of ghouls, ghosts, zombies or political incorrectness. I am far more terrified AOC was actually elected to the United States Congress. Talk about a haunted House,” Lahren posted on Instagram without editing for grammar. 

In the photo, she is wearing a dark brown wig, glasses, blazer, and holding fake copies of the Green New Deal, a policy proposal that would address climate change and economic inequality, and the Communist Manifesto, a widely read ideology that has empowered millions of poor and marginalized people – or as Lahren would put it “scary” stuff. Moreover, AOC is a Democratic Socialist not a communist. 

Lahren who has 1.5 million followers on Twitter decided to dress up as Ocasio-Cortez who has 5.7 million followers on Twitter. Wonder why? Twitter users had their own thoughts. 

Social media users see through Lahren’s transparent stunt for attention. 

Lahren’s caption on Instagram differed from her Twitter caption where she attempted to malign AOC for being a “former bartender.” Many Twitter users assessed that Lahren was using the stunt to increase her profile, considering AOC is the more famous of the two and known to make headlines. 

“I don’t know who Tomi Lahren is… Must be pretty irrelevant looking for some kind of attention. They always say mocking someone is the greatest form of flattery,” one user tweeted. 

“Only 2yrs older than you and AOC is in Congress electrifying the nation and you are dressing up like her for Halloween and don’t even see the irony. I bet she does scare you–AOC exemplifies all you are not: Smart, empathic, working hard for America. You could learn from her,” another user tweeted. 

Alyssa Milano calls out Lahren for implying being a “bartender” is a bad thing. 

“Imitation is the sincerest form a flattery. Also, aren’t you part of the party who claims to be for working Americans? Why say ‘bartender,’ like it’s a bad thing?” Alyssa Milano tweeted, noting the pundit’s hypocrisy. 

The only criticism Lahren replied to is Milano’s who has 3.7 million followers on Twitter, nearly double Lahren’s. The Republican responded apologetically, backtracking from her initial implication. 

“I mean this truly and sincerely, being a former bartender is the best and most admirable thing about,” Lahren said. 

Lahren responds to backlash about her costume by accusing Beto of appropriating Mexican culture.  

After receiving criticism for her disparaging costume, Lahren went on a Twitter where she made some confusing arguments in an attempt to defend herself. 

“For all those crybabies out there triggered by my Halloween costume and others: it’s Halloween, calm down. Thought you Lefties would love a day that legitimizes going door-to-door asking for free things, anyway,” Lahren wrote.

There were no reports of people crying over Lahren’s costume. Moreover, the suggestion that Leftists and Democrats like giving away free things because a party tenet is to provide low-cost social services to the marginalized that are not free but paid for with the taxes of said marginalized, unlike billionaires who paid less in taxes than the working class in 2018, appears to be an attempt at humor from the commentator. 

Then she went onto accuse Elizabeth Warren of pretending to be Native American by using the language of racists and calling her Pocahontas.

Warren came under fire after demonstrating she has indigenous ancestry with a DNA test, despite tribal affiliation practices disavowing blood quantums. Lahren insinuated Beto O’Rourke’s nickname was a way for him, a white man that everyone knows is white, to appear Mexican.  

The lesson this Halloween is that when you leave a hateful comment or repost someone on social media to roast them you are still engaging with their content, thereby making the user more successful and profitable. 

AOC’s Average Priced Haircut Has Set Off A Twitter Storm On The Right But She’s Clapping Back

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AOC’s Average Priced Haircut Has Set Off A Twitter Storm On The Right But She’s Clapping Back

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There is a lot that offends people about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: her Green New Deal, her socialism, her dancing, her previous employment as a bar-tender, and now, apparently, her hair.

On Wednesday, a story from a conservative news outlet that shall not be named—nor linked to—attempted to manufacture outrage over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s hair salon bill: There was a reported $80 cut, $180 for lowlights, and pure speculation about a $52 tip, for a grand total of approximately $312. The message? How dare a democratic socialist—and someone in the public eye whose appearance very much matters, for better or for worse—get a haircut at market price for a major metropolis?

Other publications have subsequently seized on the invented “controversy,” even if no one seems truly mad about it except for conservative talking heads. On the contrary, much of the outrage online seems to be on AOC’s behalf—that harping on her haircut is typical sexism and hypocrisy. How quickly the right is quick to ignore Mitt Romeny’s comparably priced $70 cut back in 2011, or John Edward’s $1,250 hair bills from 2007.

But as usual there isn’t much need to come to AOC’s defense when, in fact, no one is better at crafting the perfect response to hypocrisy and nonsense than AOC herself.

According to the paper, a self-described Democratic-Socialist shouldn’t be paying fair market price for a haircut.

“The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington…” the article began.

Many on the right were incensed that the congresswoman hadn’t paid a visit to the subsidized Capital Hill barbershop.

Others drew attention to the article’s assertion that Ocasio-Cortez “could have saved roughly $100 for the same hairstyle at the government-subsidized Capitol Hill barbershop”.

“Her high-dollar hairdo stands in stark contrast to that of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama who is a regular customer at Senate Hair Care Services,” the article said.

“At that place, open to members of Congress and the public, a men’s cut runs about $20, though men’s haircuts there and everywhere else are cheaper than women’s,” the article acknowledges.

Many questioned the choice of Jeff Sessions as a model. “Damn, why didn’t AOC ask for a rec from hair icon *checks notes* Jeff Sessions?” wrote one person.

Of course, AOC had the perfect response to all this BS.

The New York congresswoman noted that if you’re mad about her $80 haircut, which, by the way, she paid for herself, you’re bound to hate vice president Mike Pence’s $600,000 limo bill from his official visit to Ireland last month, which, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Pence billed to taxpayers.

Citing State Department contracts, CREW writes that Pence racked up the steep bill because, despite meetings in Dublin, the VP elected to drive four hours away in order to stay at…you guessed it…President Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg.

So why is AOC’s private salon bill up for debate while Pence’s public limo tab flies under the radar? Sexism. Pure and simple.

And women on Twitter defended the Congresswoman, saying the ones who should be checking their privilege in the haircare wars were men.

It’s obvious men clearly have no idea how much women were routinely charged for haircuts and colour treatments.

“Sorry, you don’t get to create beauty standards that require women to spend hundreds or thousands a year to be considered presentable and then hate us for it,” tweeted the writer Jessica Valenti.

Right now it’s her hair, but the right has come for AOC for so many different things it’s hard to keep track.

And let’s be real. Even if AOC had followed the ‘advice’ and got a $20 bowl cut, she’d still drive them crazy because she is both effective and polished – a fact that makes her feel all that more threatening to her critics.

In the past, her clothes were the “controversy,” from that from-behind photo taken without her consent and tweeted (and later deleted) to the manufactured “outrage” over the borrowed $3,000 Gabriela Hearst suit she wore, fleetingly, for a photo shoot in Interview magazine. It’s almost as if people don’t think AOC deserves to dress, and look, the part of congresswoman.

Reliably, AOC had the sharpest reply to the latest wave of attention around her appearance. “Our policies, like Medicare for All, advance prosperity for working people,” she tweeted on Thursday of Democratic socialism. As for her critics: “They’re just mad we look good doing it.” Now that’s a hair flip.