When it comes to political comedy, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the gift that keeps on giving. Each week, Liberty Nation uncovers the blunders that keep us wondering: How did she ever get elected?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had yet another interesting week. But it is worth pointing out that most of the news about the young lawmaker wasn’t for anything she did, so much as how she was the focus of the actions of others. This week, a toy company found an odd way to celebrate the representative. She managed to make critics look silly by getting her hair done. And finally, it appears she will be facing another challenger from her side.
AOC Action Figure
A Brooklyn-based design company found a unique way to honor Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. She will now join the ranks of GI Joe and Barbie as she is getting her own action figure. FCTRY, the organization that is creating the “kickass action figure,” raised about $27,000 on Kickstarter to fund this initiative.
AOC is not the first politician to receive this honor. The company has also made action figures for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Kickstarter campaign description gives an idea as to why the company believes AOC deserves her own action figure.
“Just two years ago, AOC was an anonymous 20-something waiting tables and tending bars in New York City, and now she is literally one of the most influential politicians in the United States,” they explained. “AOC has the makings of a legend. So we’re doing what we do best and turning her into an action figure.”
Well, even if you don’t agree with her politics, this toy might make a good villain for your children’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, right?
Much Ado About a Haircut?
AOC has shown herself to be perfectly capable of making herself look ridiculous. Asking her to explain how the US can pay for her Green New Deal will always have this effect. But in some cases, she isn’t the one engaging in faulty thinking. Recently, she came under fire after The Washington Times published a report criticizing her for paying $260 to get her hair done. “The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington,” they wrote.
The Times highlighted the fact that she could have used a salon that was subsidized by the government and paid less. “Her high-dollar hairdo stands in stark contrast to that of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama who is a regular customer at Senate Hair Care Services in the basement of the Russell Senate Office Building,” they explained.
It is not difficult to point out instances of hypocrisy in the hyper-socialist crowd. But this isn’t exactly the most effective criticism to use against Ocasio-Cortez. The report elicited ridicule from both sides of the political divide. While $260 is rather pricey for a haircut, women’s hair is typically more expensive to style than men’s. It’s that darned patriarchy at work again. And comparing her hair appointment to that of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who likely paid about $20, seems a bit odd, doesn’t it?
Another Challenger Emerges from the Left
There is a slew of Republicans vying for AOC’s seat in Congress. But it appears that another Democrat wishes to challenge her in the primaries. City Council Member Fernando Cabrera recently announced that he would attempt to unseat the representative in 2020. Cabrera, a pastor, recently kicked off his campaign and is the most well-known Democrat to do so.
Cabrera told Politico that AOC’s constituents might not be happy with her far-left leanings and her failure to engage with her community. “Only a Democrat is going to be able to defeat her, and it’s going to be a moderate Democrat,” he said. “She’s a no-show in the district. She hasn’t brought about anything except division within the party.”
The council member railed against socialism, saying that he doesn’t want it “for my children, for my grandchildren.”
It was Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to scuttle Amazon’s planned relocation to Queens that inspired Cabrera to run against her. “It was staggering to me,” he explained. “We have somebody who literally dismantled the possibility of us having 25,000 jobs, and she has yet to bring any jobs into the district.”
It’s not yet clear if Cabrera has a shot at defeating AOC, but he seems to believe that her affiliation with Justice Democrats, a group focusing on removing incumbent Democrats in other districts, might be enough of a reason for voters to reject her. “I can’t see the party ever endorsing her, because her and the Justice Democrats are running people against everybody in the Democratic party,” he said.
What does AOC have in store for us next week? Tune in to find out!