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AOC Has Made Roasting Her Twitter Trolls And Haters An Art Form And We’re Mesmerized

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a political figure who has risen on the national (and even international) political platform like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This powerful and hyper-smart Latina has taken the Washington establishment by storm through intelligent remarks, thorough knowledge of facts and policies, and a capacity for verbal sparring that verges on the prodigious. Since her successful and much-publicized campaign, she made her political platform clear: social, economic and racial justice.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a proud Puerto Rican from the Bronx.

Taboo topics like race were not swept under the rug by this New York Latina but rather spoken about loudly and clearly.

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Regardless of your political beliefs, it is undeniable that since the rise of Barack Obama in 2006-2007 as a legitimate contender for the presidency, no person of color had gathered so much attention. She has even inspired a comic that portrays her as a kick-ass superhero! The US Representative for the 14th District of New York was elected on November 6, 2018, and since she took office has put forward promising policies such as the New Green Deal, a thorough plan to tackle climate change.

Her no-nonsense attitude has earned her the love and support of millions of Americans who are tired of the establishment.

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Alexandria is anything but reckless. Her arguments are well constructed and she has become an expert at cross-examining witnesses in congressional hearings. She is only 29-years-old but wise beyond her years, at least in a political sense. Most likely because she is non-white and because she is a woman, the conservative end of the political spectrum (and particularly the alt-right) has often gone on the attack on basically ANYTHING Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does. Really, it sometimes verges on the ridiculous, like when . Even within the Democratic Party AOC has raised some eyebrows. And really, if she was a man wouldn’t she be mentioned alongside other presidential hopefuls such as Beto O’Rourke? 

Just like Barack Obama ten years before her, AOC has used social media as a tool to engage with her constituents and to engage with other politicians on both sides of the aisle. AOC has become famous for her Twitter takedowns, in which she uses irony and reason (a lethal one-two combination!) to counter her adversaries. 

1. Andrew Pollack, school safety activist, founder of Americans for Children’s Lives and School Safety

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Policies towards Israel are always a touchy subject in American politics. In this exchange, AOC clearly sets her values: her vote is for protecting kids, regardless of their heritage. 

2. Andy Barr, US Representative for Kentucky through an exchange with Sahil Kapur, political commentator, national political reporter for Bloomberg News 

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AOC has upset some colleagues who play it very traditional… she offered to debate Barr and he refused for personal reasons, so she offered to fly him and accommodate his every need. Owned. 

3. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

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AOC has been described by conservatives as a socialist, a bad word in American politics (there are few cases of people who are openly socialist and successful in politics, like Bernie Sanders). In this tweet, AOC breaks apart propaganda efforts to discredit her. 

4. Chris Cox, National Rifle Association lobbyist

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It is no secret that AOC has a tough stance regarding gun laws: she thinks they need to change. Here, she totally owns an NRA lobbyist who told her that her district is not “real America.” Well, AOC argues, millions of American citizens would beg to disagree. 

5. Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Donald Trump

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Things recently got ugly between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kellyanne Conway, one of the most controversial faces of the Trump presidency. Conway questioned why AOC hadn’t voiced her condolences after the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks that targeted Christians. In a masterful stroke of political rhetorics, AOC did the following: critiqued Trump’s handling of relief efforts in Puerto Rico, unmasked Conway’s attempt to delegitimize AOC’s religious life (a textbook maneuver to discredit candidates and something that Obama also faced), and, finally, proposed that the administration be more welcoming of immigrants that are feeling religious prosecution all around the world. Ouch, eso duele

6. The Judicial System

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The recent college admissions scandal that rocked Hollywood brought to light cases in which other parents, particularly people of color, have been jailed for lying to the education system. Being consistent with her motto of achieving racial justice, AOC highlighted the contradictions of how Americans of different origins are treated by the law. 

7. Andy Barr, again… 

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Ocasio-Cortez retweeted this story by Michael Deibert, an author and scholar. In the story, he points out that Barr had no idea there were no coal miners in his district. This was after he invited AOC to meet them and see for herself how “damaging” her Green New Deal would be. 

8. Her Opponents 

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Remember Obama’s famous photograph with his feed on the desk showing off the beaten down soles of his shoes? Well, this political trope was replicated by AOC, who posted this photograph of her shoes. The message is clear: it was her work ethic that got her the election, and nothing else. Get of your traseros if you wanna beat her! 

9. John Cardillo, journalist

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When this dude questioned her electorate, she not only defended them but also took a stab at a certain type of conservative (el tio conservador). 

10. Charlie Kirk, conservative and founder of Turning Point USA, who first posted this, after AOC did a photoshoot with a magazine: 

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Bam! AOC totally owned this dude. First, she let him know how menso he is. Then, she name-dropped two of the issues she fights for (a fair living wage and public health for all) and then she presumes her shopping skills. Dolor!

11. Ryan Saavedra (and Ben Shapiro for good measure)

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The message is here: her politics are action, not reaction. Women do not have to dance at the beat of men or just make themselves available when dudes wish to. You go, AOC! 

12. Eddie Scarry, journalist for the Washington Examiner

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received all sorts of banal critiques during her short but high profile political career. How dare she dance? Who does she think she is, right? Look at her, look at her.

13. Fox News

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Fox News published this screen to point fingers at AOC. Her reply: yes, that is pretty much what I believe in, which her supporters, such as online journalist Liz Plank, applauded.

If there is anything we can all agree on is that AOC is not shy about putting people in their place on social media.

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Who can forget the moment Conservatives thought they caught AOC in a scandal because of a dancing video form college? Somehow, the GOP thought this was the scandal that would end the Congresswoman. It backfired spectacularly.

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Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

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Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

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In the years since Donald Trump took up the role of president of the United States, the front pages of newspapers and media sites have depicted images of starving children behind bars and parents being separated and detained from their infants. Social scientists and historians specializing in internment camps and have said that today’s U.S. detention centers look pretty similar to the dawn of earlier historical atrocities and yet the question of what these images evoke are still being questioned.

Conservatives aren’t happy with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez once again after the novice representative for New York’s 14th congressional district likened Trump’s actions to the early phases of the Holocaust.

During a recent streaming on Instagram Live, Ocasio-Cortez said that “The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border.”

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps,” Ocasio-Cortez said to an Instagram Live audience on Monday. “And if that doesn’t bother you … I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not, that ‘never again’ means something… The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the home of the free is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.” The phrase “never again” has become used by Jewish people when talking about the Holocaust.

During her stream, Ocasio-Cortez also pointed to the thousands of migrant children were being held in facilities that had been used to detain Japanese Americans during World War II. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s reference relates to last week when the Department of Health and Human Services, which is meant to care for unaccompanied migrant children, announced that it would begin to use Fort Sill Army Base, located in Oklahoma, to hold minors. The base was formerly an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. It was also used previously by the Obama administration as a base for detaining migrant children.

Ocasio- Cortez referred said that how we proceed in addressing the current “crisis” as a country will work as a reflection as to whether or not we are losing our principles and values to an “authoritarian and fascist presidency.”

“I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs. I use that word because that is what an administration that creates concentration camps is,” Ocasio- Cortez said. “A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist, and it’s very difficult to say that, because it is very difficult to accept the fact that that is how bad things have gotten, but that is how bad things have gotten.”

In response, Rep. Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, accused the democrat of disrespecting the Jewish people killed during the Holocaust.

“Please @AOC do us all a favor and spend just a few minutes learning some actual history. 6 million Jews were exterminated in the Holocaust. You demean their memory and disgrace yourself with comments like this,” the Wyoming Republican tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded “Hey Rep. Cheney, since you’re so eager to ‘educate me,’ I’m curious: What do YOU call building mass camps of people being detained without a trial? How would you dress up DHS’s mass separation of thousands children at the border from their parents?”

Latina Journalist Captures André 3000 Playing An Indigenous Mayan Flute At LAX And It’s Just So Awesome

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Latina Journalist Captures André 3000 Playing An Indigenous Mayan Flute At LAX And It’s Just So Awesome

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We see celebrities all the time at the airport. Sometimes they’re noteworthy (Edward James Olmos, Rosario Dawson), sometimes they’re yawners (Gérard Depardieu), but imagine seeing one half of Outkast at your gate. Wouldn’t you freak out? That’s exactly what happened to a New York-based journalist.

Antonia Cereijido, a producer for NPR’s Latino USA podcast, was casually waiting for her flight at the Los Angeles Airport when she spotted André 3000.

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The sighting almost wasn’t meant to be. Cerejido explained that she had missed her first flight.

“The crazy thing is I was supposed to take a flight at 11:15 the night before,” she told Slate in an interview, “but there were 50 minutes of traffic at the airport, so I missed my flight. I was very upset. I had to buy flights for the next day, and I was annoyed. I arrived super early, like, “I’m not going to miss my second flight.”

When she realized it was him, she — as any smart person would do — asked to take a picture with him.

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“Well, I think I said, ‘I’m a big fan of yours,’ and then because my friend had said, ‘That’s not a flute,’ I asked, ‘What instrument is that?’ and he said, ‘Oh, it’s a flute. It’s an indigenous double flute.’ Then I asked to take a photo. I was sort of starstruck. I took the photo, and I went away as quickly as possible before I said anything and I sat down. Then we all boarded the plane, and I uploaded the post on Instagram and on Twitter. I saw that it was popular because it was probably only up for 10 minutes and it had 600 likes.”

Yeah, her tweet was popular. It’s gotten more than 50K retweets.

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“I had one tweet before get kind of popular,” she told Slate. “It was, like, a thousand likes, so I was excited. Then I turned my phone off. And then, when we landed six hours later, it had 68,000 likes. And actually, my first feeling was dread. I felt kind of bad, like, what if I’m outing—what if this is what he does, he goes to places and plays the flute and kind of stays low-key? Because it wasn’t like he was asking for a lot of attention—he was doing his own thing. And I could tell that he saw I was staring at him when he was going back-and-forth, but it wasn’t like he was mad at the attention. He was just sort of neutral.”

But, about that indigenous flute.

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People on social media actually questioned her about her flute knowledge, but she got the response directly from André and the makers.

“I just got off the phone with Guillermo Martinez the man who made Andres’s beautiful flute, she tweeted. “It’s a Mayan double flute. He and his shop are doing incredible work by keeping the music if indigenous North American communities alive. Here is his website: https://www.quetzalcoatlmusic.org/ 

The best part about the story is how Outkast is part of her family history.

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“My family is originally from Argentina, and when we first moved from New York to San Diego, it was so different from my experience up until then that my family became really close,” she told Slate. “And there were two things we listened to all the time: the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Outkast. And we became obsessed with the Speakerboxxx/The Love Below album. My mom had a dream that André 3000 taught us the “Hey Ya!” dance. I always remembered that, because it was such a funny thing for my mom to say. And so I have this very fond feeling about him, and he lived up to that. My mom dreamed that he would be nice and teach us something, and that happened to me in real life, which is so crazy.”

So awesome!

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