In our political system, there are a number of different ways that an elected official can keep their job, and NY House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has chosen her own very specific path.
For AOC, (as she is self-monikered), the simplest way to remain in office is to remain in the public eye. This often means that the precocious progressive sounds an inordinate amount of time courting the left wing of the Democratic Party online, where her youth has given her the social media advantage over many of her peers.
But this also means that Ocasio-Cortez has to provide herself with content, and sometimes the substance she shouts is a little thin.
Controversial Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took aim at Congress and a patriarchal society in a social-media rant in the wake of the shooting at a Texas school that left 21 people dead.
“There’s so many different areas and issues where all of us agree – if not all, an overwhelming amount of us agree. And Congress still can’t get their s*** together,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a nearly hour-long video posted on her Instagram account.
And then came the silly stuff:
Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at toxic masculinity that she said glorified aspects such as guns and violence. She told people to “check” the men in their life.
“It just feels like there’s very few role models and examples of people talking about this in healthy ways,” she said. “And it’s a big problem because there are a lot of crises.”
AOC’s strange take may be just an attempt to avoid speaking on the subject of guns themselves, where her GOP colleagues almost certainly have the upper hand politically.