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

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.

READ: AOC Is Putting The GOP On Notice For Preventing Science From Saving American Lives From Climate Change

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

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A Ted Cruz Piñata Exists And People Want One So Bad

Sen. Ted Cruz has reached peak infamy with a piñata in his honor. People have been turned into piñatas over the years for both good and bad reasons. The Cruz piñata serves as a reminder of the senator’s attempt to flee the brutal Texas winter crisis.

A Texas party store is selling piñatas of Sen. Ted Cruz and people are into it.

Piñatas are always the centerpiece of a fun party and they are even more exciting when they are topical. One party shop in Texas is riding on the wave of local and national news criticizing Sen. Cruz to cash in.

Last week Sen. Cruz was caught boarding a United flight to Cancún, Mexico to escape the winter storm devastating Texas. As millions of Texans survived without water and power, the Cruz family booked a Mexican getaway to warmer weather and reliable electricity.

At first, Sen. Cruz tried to blame his daughters for fleeing Texas as his constituents suffered from the weather. He soon changed his story and claimed that he realized he had made a mistake as soon as he sat down on the plane waiting to depart from Houston.

Finally, after days of speculation, someone came forward and leaked text messages from Sen. Cruz’s wife, Heidi. Turns out, according to the texts, that the Cruz family was actively planning a vacation to avoid the snowstorm. According to the texts, the Cruz family was trying to convince neighbors and friends to join them so they can get out of their freezing house. The criticism amplified when it was reported that the Cruz family left the family dog behind as they fled to Mexico.

People are eager to get their hands on a Sen. Cruz piñata.

Families have been in quarantine for almost a year and they are hitting a wall. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, it is no surprise that people would want to have something to do together outdoors. Seems that a lot of people would like a piñata party to celebrate the bad weather slowly moving out.

There are even some people asking for different people made as piñatas.

You never know unless you ask, right? Never hurts to try to make your own request to better your birthday. It seems that the party store is able to make various different piñatas. The party store made a piñata after Sen. Bernie Sanders’ famous mitten moment at President Biden’s inauguration.

READ: Sen. Ted Cruz Makes Quick U-Turn From Mexico After Outrage He Abandoned His Frozen Texas

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AOC And Chuck Schumer Announce Funeral Benefits For Covid-19 Deaths

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AOC And Chuck Schumer Announce Funeral Benefits For Covid-19 Deaths

More than 27 million people in the U.S. have tested positive for Covid-19 and more than 468,000 have died. The avoidable death toll has caused emotional and financial pain to hundreds of thousands of families across the country. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Chuck Schumer are teaming up to get people benefits to cover unexpected funeral costs.

Rep. AOC and Sen. Chuck Schumer are highlighting funeral benefits to reimburse the families of loved ones who died from Covid-19.

The U.S. government passed a Covid economic relief bill in December to offer some support to the struggling economy. The bill gave some relief to Americans, including $600 relief checks. The previous administration made a show of wanting $2,000 checks before allowing the $600 to go through. The Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan is fulfilling that promise by getting $1,400 checks to Americans to deliver the rest of that $2,000.

Another allocation in the package is $2 billion to reimburse people for some of the funeral costs for Covid victims. According to Bankrate, the average cost of a funeral is around $7,640. This is a tough amount of money for people to come up with without an economic crisis brought on by a pandemic.

Americans can apply for up to $7,000 in reimbursement to cover funeral costs because of Covid.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez understands the financial burden a sudden death in the family can cause. It is something that more than 400,000 families in the U.S. are dealing with as Covid continues to spread and kill thousands of people in the U.S. daily.

“I lost my Dad when I was about 18 years old, and the funeral expenses haunted and followed my family along with many other families in a similar position for years,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said at a news conference announcing the funds. “When you suddenly lose a loved one, you’re talking about an expense of four or five, seven, 10 thousand dollars.”

The benefits are retroactive to the beginning of the pandemic.

AOC is quick to respond on Twitter and confirmed that the funeral benefits are indeed retroactive to January 2020. This offers all families who lost a loved one last year to be eligible for a reimbursement of those funeral costs.

The death toll of Covid is expected to continue to climb as vaccines are rolling out and the race against variants is ongoing. Some new strains of the virus spread faster and there is still work to be done to see if they impact the effectiveness of current vaccines.

The money to cover the reimbursements has been allocated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The two New York politicians teamed up to make this possible with $260 million of those funds going to New Yorkers.

Communities of color are still facing a disproportionate share of the Covid burden.

According to a study by the American Heart Association, access to a hospital plays a big role in why communities of color are disproportionately impacted by Covid. One of the most glaring reasons for the devastation in non-white communities is that hospitals are predominately in white communities.

“Our findings suggest that in order to address disparities in the burden of COVID-19 among vulnerable patient groups, we must focus on structural reasons for the higher rates of viral transmission and hospitalizations for Black and Hispanic patients,” Dr. Fatima Rodriguez, lead author of the study, which was funded by the AHA, said in a statement.

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