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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is changing the way politicians use social media – ThinkProgress

When you aren’t following Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on social media, we extremely advocate it.

No matter the place you fall on the partisan political spectrum, there’s something for everybody to study from Ocasio-Cortez, who will formally develop into the youngest-ever congresswoman subsequent month.

Although the brand new Democratic-led Home gained’t be seated till January three, the New York Metropolis congresswoman-elect is already constructing a big following together with her strategy to politics that’s redefining “kitchen desk points.”

Amid all the dunking on conservatives who attempt to mock her on Twitter, the 29-year-old Democratic socialist is utilizing social media to attach with constituents and supporters in methods which are acquainted to fellow millennials, however new to a lot of the political world.

You could have possible seen a few of the New York Democrat’s tweets. The newest conservative speaking head to get dragged by Ocasio-Cortez is former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR).

A Inexperienced New Deal will take a degree of ambition + innovation on the size of the moon touchdown. We’ve been finished it earlier than, and may do it once more.

Depart the false statements to Sarah Huckabee. She’s a lot better at it.

Additionally, you haven’t been a Governor of any state for 10+ years now. https://t.co/R7q5CkMw8Y

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December three, 2018

However the congresswoman-elect doesn’t solely punch down, as Trump stooge and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) discovered final week.

.@LindseyGrahamSC, the purpose of such a treasured museum is to convey its classes to current day.

This administration has jailed youngsters and violated human rights. Maybe we should always cease pretending that authoritarianism + violence is a historic occasion as an alternative of a rising pressure. https://t.co/aGJMrPTqNT

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 27, 2018

Whereas we’re recommending museums @LindseyGrahamSC, I heard your “joke” about ethnic DNA preferences final month.

Maybe you’d take pleasure in a go to (or revisit) to the Smithsonian Museum of African-American Historical past and Tradition (@NMAAHC). It’s a terrific instructional expertise.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 27, 2018

Nevertheless, there’s far more to Ocasio-Cortez’s social media exercise than good tweets.

Maybe no one has been a greater advocate for the “Inexperienced New Deal” — which goals to make the U.S. 100 % reliant on clear power in a decade — than the New York Democrat.

1. Aspirational Objectives: Push the bounds of what’s attainable.
2. Nuts + Bolts: Our lives are on the road. We shouldn’t let the planet be destroyed as a result of it’s “too costly” to save lots of.
three. Supporters: Many
four. Opponents: Fossil gasoline business
5. Past Power: A Federal Jobs Assure https://t.co/QP3XXwrP5q

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 25, 2018

Initially seen as a longshot, the Ocasio-Cortez-backed laws is now supported by almost two dozen congressional colleagues, together with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who endorsed the motion on Monday.

It’s on – #GreenNewDeal is now choosing up steam within the Senate.

I had an unimaginable time with @SenMarkey at this time, taking notes on his ‘07 Choose Committee and the way we will leverage previous work into pushing for a GND right now. He’s in.

Thanks Sen. Markey on your local weather management! 💪🏽 https://t.co/xGgsZVJPTd

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December three, 2018

Although Ocasio-Cortez has confronted scrutiny for pushing colleagues who aren’t working boldly sufficient to deal with the pressing menace of local weather change, the congresswoman-elect lately advised advocates that any pushback is value being “on the suitable aspect of that lengthy arc of historical past that bends towards justice.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 16, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 16, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

The Democratic socialist additionally has a seemingly infinite provide of comebacks for criticism of her legislative priorities.

Truly, we’ve got for-profit “demise panels” now: they’re corporations + boards saying you’re by yourself bc they gained’t cowl a crucial process or drugs.

Perhaps if the GOP stopped hiding behind this “socialist” rock they like to throw, they’d truly interact on-issue for as soon as. https://t.co/4P2TrflkFX

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 2, 2018

Cognitive dissonance is Republican commentators stalking, doctoring, + modifying my informal livestreams out of context to be able to sow doubt in my intelligence, all whereas blindly supporting a person who thinks our biggest protection towards forest fires is: A Rakehttps://t.co/RsfyPT6rGy

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 21, 2018

Now that’s *TWO* fallen GOP Vice Pres candidates going after a freshman Congresswoman that’s not even sworn in but.

Isn’t it somewhat early to be bringing out the large weapons?

Particularly once they appear to be the FWD:RE:FWD:WATCH THIS grandpa emails from the ‘08 election they misplaced https://t.co/TijjLgJ0MI

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 20, 2018

Ah sure, God forbid a various, working-class district (that extra precisely represents trendy America) even have equal say in our democracy as your bizarre uncle with questionable racial beliefs who shares pretend conspiracy memes on Fb. https://t.co/1W6aUzDX7l

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 19, 2018

Oh no! They found our huge conspiracy to deal with youngsters and save the planet 😂 pic.twitter.com/XYWXmi3Xyk

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 14, 2018

However maybe the spotlight of Ocasio-Cortez’s social media presence is Instagram, the place she successfully alternates between jokes, behind-the-scenes appears at her new job, and critical coverage discussions — typically over dinner.

okay Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is actually consuming prompt mac and cheese with a espresso stirrer whereas breaking down congressional committees and answering our political questions!!! @Ocasio2018 your authenticity is actually ICONIC pic.twitter.com/Xi2dcd809G

— Devi Ruia (@DeviRuia) December 1, 2018

Seeing on instagram @Ocasio2018 and @RepJayapal having dinner (soup, to be actual) genuinely warms my coronary heart. Can solely think about the knowledge being handed on right here!!

2 grassroots organizers who’re about to do much more good collectively. ❤️🏅 pic.twitter.com/0Q4tt337Fk

— Helen Brosnan (@HelenBrosnan) November 28, 2018

.@Ocasio2018 is speaking about the issue with money bail whereas slicing chipotle chilis and making dinner. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

That is the way you speak politics on the dinner desk. I want extra politicians have been actual like this. pic.twitter.com/vlxoKAAKse

— Renee Bracey Sherman (@RBraceySherman) November 19, 2018

The revolution doesn’t look forward to enterprise informal 💁🏽‍♀️👷🏻‍♀️👨🏿‍🏫 https://t.co/zmk9fs0FIA

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 18, 2018

Although following her on social media will result in music suggestions and Harry Potter references…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 13, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 13, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 28, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 28, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

And jokes about laundry and her unbelievable new life…

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 12, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 12, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on December 2, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on December 2, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Ilhan Omar on Instagram on November 29, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Ilhan Omar on Instagram on November 29, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

.@IlhanMN and I each arrived at Congressional Orientation at present… sporting the identical outfit 😂👯‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/ap29JTZ2cy

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 28, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez additionally makes use of social media to make pointed remarks concerning the state of U.S. politics.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on December 1, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on December 1, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Deb Haaland and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 13, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Deb Haaland and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 13, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Insurance coverage teams are recommending GoFundMe as official coverage – the place clients can die if they will’t increase the objective in time – however positive, single payer healthcare is unreasonable.

h/t @DanRiffle pic.twitter.com/zetPW0MgDd

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 24, 2018

Discovering widespread floor doesn’t should imply sacrificing your values.

That is one instance. https://t.co/IYwnrsIJHG

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 15, 2018

Final yr I used to be bartending, and I purchased my first sofa two weeks in the past – shortly after I obtained medical insurance 😬

So don’t fear, progress doesn’t occur in a straight line! We’re all nearer than we consider. https://t.co/G6ZEIgVoR8

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 7, 2018

Nevertheless, the behind-the-scenes appears on the new Congress are maybe probably the most pleasant facet of the congresswoman-elect’s social media exercise.

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow rising star Reps.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) documented a lot of their orientation final month.

The New York Democrat has continued to make use of Instagram — the place she captions tales “so our deaf brothers and sisters can comply with alongside too” — as her most popular supply for behind-the-scenes content material, as she confirmed followers the method for choosing new workplaces final week.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

I stated my Sana Sana… and obtained quantity 40! (Lowest is 85) pic.twitter.com/u3YIqvOMpF

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 30, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 30, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

And extra critical issues like Democrats’ Home management elections.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 28, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 28, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 28, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 28, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

No matter how you are feeling about her, it appears inevitable that Ocasio-Cortez and a few of her new Home colleagues are set to rework perceptions of the Democratic Celebration — partially because of social media utilization that has been referred to as “the best way we’d act if we acquired elected to Congress.”

Album dropping 1/three/19 @Ocasio2018 @IlhanMN @Deb4CongressNM @sharicedavids @vgescobar pic.twitter.com/5P0NqOOMG9

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) November 30, 2018

Deb Haaland, Lucy McBath, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib on Instagram on November 13, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Deb Haaland, Lucy McBath, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rashida Tlaib on Instagram on November 13, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November 8, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram on November eight, 2018. (ocasio2018/Instagram)