There’s A War On Twitter For #AOCResign And #IvankaResign On Twitter And It’s Scary How Not Funny It Really Is
Twitter has become every bit the information resource as newspapers and TV news programs are. Where else can you get a quick update on trending politics AND a play-by-play on who is now officially canceled? This often encourages Twitter users to start their own hashtag to gain visibility on important topics. As such, we’ve gotten such gems as #OscarsSoWhite, #FamiliesBelongTogether, and #BlackLivesMatter because of this. Unfortunately, today’s newly trending hashtag comes from a much more negative place.
Conservatives on Twitter have started trending #AOCResign, a targeted attack against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
It all started when Representative Ocasio-Cortez went public with the monstrous conditions at the border detention facilities. After touring the facilities, Representative Ocasio-Cortez shared her feelings about the state of our union. She explained that the conditions the United States is keeping these migrants in are an indication that the nation is “headed to fascism.” Of course, Conservatives were not thrilled by the reveal and focused their frustration on AOC.
The hashtag didn’t really come into creation until after Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the G20 Summit. Her presence at the international assembly caught many off guard as she had no reason to be there in an official or unofficial capacity. Pictures and videos of her awkwardly inserted into important international affairs made there rounds on the internet and soon got the Photoshop treatment under the hashtag #UnwantedIvanka.
The hashtag #IvankaResign soon followed, satirizing the fact that the Trump daughter is not an elected official but benefits from many unearned and possibly illegal perks.
Thus started the retaliation by Conservatives with the #AOCResign hashtag.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez has been the poster girl for Conservative Hate since before she was even elected. The recent anger towards the representative has come from border agents who are disputing the claims of brutality and inhumane conditions in the detention facilities. They claim that the details of AOC’s account are misleading and that she has lost all credibility by being dishonest. Video and testimonies from other Congressional figures who toured the facilities back up Representative Ocasio-Cortez’s claim.
These agents have justifiably received a lot of bad press lately. A report of a secret Facebook group run by border agents focused on making light of the migrant situation has recently been exposed as well. Representative Ocasio-Cortez also spoke out on this and received ridicule for denouncing the border agents involved.
Though the #AOCResign hashtag was started by Conservatives, Liberals quickly took to the tag to troll it.
Some Twitter users pointed out that, while AOC is an elected official, Ivanka is a benefactor of nepotism. Being the president daughter is not a government position and the power given to Ivanka and her siblings is far more concerning than anything Representative Ocasio-Cortez has ever said.
Some pointed out the inherent racism that comes with this backlash against AOC.
This Twitter account observed that the people who are protesting Representative Ocasio-Cortez have something in common. Can you tell what? It’s pretty uncanny but also completely expected.
No matter what is said, it seems that those who love and support Representative Ocasio-Cortez will always stand with her.
AOC is here to stay and she will continue to call out our nation’s injustices no matter what hashtags Conservatives try to get trending.
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