Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history in the recent midterm elections by becoming the youngest woman elected to Congress in history. Ever since her improbable primary victory against Democratic insider Joe Crowley, Ocasio-Cortez has dominated headlines with her bold political vision and charisma.
Not all the attention has been positive, however. Fox News has ridiculed Ocasio-Cortez for being unable to afford rent in Washington D.C. until she begins receiving her congressional salary. The far-right in general finds the progressive upstart intimidating; as a young female of color, she certainly stands out from the predominately white and male Republican leadership.
Thank you all for the overwhelming outpour of support! As I mentioned, we’ve been preparing and will be fine.
However, it’s been very revealing to see how gleefully Fox News hosts crack jokes about working-class people.
It reveals what they actually think about us. https://t.co/T4J9EIkoJt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 9, 2018
If her first few weeks in the country’s capital are any indication, Ocasio-Cortez is indeed the face of a new brand of elected official. She joined a protest at Nancy Pelosi’s office organized by young environmentalists and came out swinging against the tax giveaway to Amazon for the company’s placement of its HQ2 in Queens, a neighborhood inside Ocasio-Cortez’ district.
So far, she has only lived up to her promises. It certainly looks like her electorate and progressives across the country can expect a lot more from her in the year to come.