Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., Green Acres) tweeted something stupid the other day. I know, I know—we need to get more specific, as Alex from the Bronx (by way of Westchester) has mastered the art of the Twitter gaffe the same way Joe Biden has mastered it on the campaign stump. This time, however, instead of grousing about the three chambers of government or scuttling plans to bring thousands of Amazon jobs to her home state, AOC turned to her favorite subject—that’s to say herself—with this little nugget of Millennial wisdom:
Slight problem, though. That dude standing next to the cardboard cutout? Um, he’s a Democrat. John Yarmuth, as a matter of fact—you know, the guy who co-sponsored a bill Ocasio-Cortez introduced to put coal miners out of business? One might have inferred that from actually reading the Kentucky GOP’s tweet, which clearly states the inconvenient truth, but Ocasio-Cortez must have been so enthralled by her two-dimensional self that she neglected to look past the picture.
Or she just assumed an old white guy had to be a Republican, because Democrats would never run somebody like that—except maybe for president.
Of course, as Ocasio-Cortez is a leftist darling and “rising star” in the Democrat Party, the media have shifted the narrative away from her laughable mistake and over to—you guessed it—Republican guffaws. Hence the headlines, such as this one from ABC News:
Freshman New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez deleted a tweet Thursday after she attempted to troll “older male” Republicans for posing next to a cardboard cutout of her.
Naturally, the internet doesn’t forget, and Ocasio-Cortez is hearing it from conservatives, who are gleefully spreading screengrabs of the tweet.
Or this tweet, from USA Today:
That’s right, folks—Republicans are pouncing! Or seizing, or taking advantage, or whatever else they do when capitalizing on a Democrat goof. And thus we see the mainstream media spin machine running at full tilt, because—as Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying—stories that make Republicans look bad are all about the Republican, whereas stories that make Democrats look bad are all about the Republican reaction to it.
I mean, think about it. How many times have you seen endless analysis over some Democrat scandal in which pundits furrow their brows and warn the GOP not to “overplay” their criticism, because that would really antagonize the public and create a backlash? Funny how that never seems to go the other way—even when, as we’ve seen so many times with Donald Trump, those stories turn out to be #FakeNews and blow up in the media’s faces.
What’s going on here with Ocasio-Cortez is no exception. And as this likely won’t be the last time she says something that showcases her rather limited intellect, I’m sure there will be a lot more of these stories yet to come.