As the 2020 election rumblings start to pick up steam, it’s clear that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is emerging as a favorite talking point of the right, and that reality was apparent in a *less-than-cordial* way at the latest Trump rally with Donald Trump Jr. at the podium.
At the first Trump rally since the end of the Mueller investigation, the focus was on AOC rather than the current Democratic candidates for president. As Trump’s son railed against the Rep. from Brooklyn, the audience burst into the chant, “AOC sucks!”
“Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn’t know the three branches of government,” Trump Jr. said. “I don’t know about you guys, but that’s pretty scary.”
As the crowd continued to chant, Trump Jr. cracked a smile.
“You guys, you’re not very nice,” he said sarcastically. “And neither is what that [Green New Deal] policy would do to this country.”
In a tweet this Friday, AOC carried on her usual routine of addressing these kinds of insults directly.
Highlighting a Washington Post article on the event, AOC said that the crowd’s chant wouldn’t disqualify them from having her fight for them.
“That’s okay,” she wrote. “I’ll fight for their right to healthcare anyway.”
That’s okay – I’ll fight for their right to healthcare anyway. https://t.co/xvp76xoPVT
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 29, 2019
AOC also addressed the chant in remarks to CNN this Saturday, saying she’s now taken over the role Hillary Clinton formerly played in Donald Trump’s rhetoric.
“You know this is part of a pattern that the right and the far-right and, frankly, the President is consistent with,” she said.
“He doesn’t have another woman, Hillary Clinton or whoever else, to vilify anymore so they need to find another woman to kind of prop up and become a lightning rod.”
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