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 (D-NY) has been having a tough few weeks. The Democratic Party’s new superstar has captivated the left with her boldness and entertained the right with her utter lack of knowledge on anything related to being an effective lawmaker. To top things off, good ol’ AOC managed to confirm what most Americans already believe about the Democrats when it comes to the Second Amendment.
Plummeting Approval Rating
A recent Siena College poll showed that Ocasio-Cortez has been suffering a significant decrease in popularity in her home state of New York. The lawmaker was instrumental in the effort to prevent online retail giant Amazon from establishing its headquarters in the city, though it would have provided thousands of jobs to New York workers. Apparently, the representative didn’t consider the fact that people actually enjoy being employed.
The results of the study revealed that Ocasio-Cortez’s approval rating was at a measly 31% while her disapproval rating was at 44%. In January, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 34% of New York voters viewed her favorably, while 29% did not. Perhaps the luster on the fresh new face of the progressive movement is beginning to fade. But her declining approval isn’t nearly as funny as her reaction.
AOC Passes Blame for Approval Ratings
The Siena poll was not the first that showed that Ocasio-Cortez’s popularity collapsing. Earlier this month, a Gallup poll showed that her unfavorability rating has skyrocketed by 15 points. Ouch. But when the news reached the young lawmaker, she knew exactly who to blame: Everyone except herself. But what did she consider to be the prime factor in her eroding support?
You already know the answer. It’s racist centrists, folks! She took to Twitter to engage in some world-class race-baiting: “When ‘centrists’ care more about the GOP base than the Dem base, bigotry gets legitimized,” she wrote. “This is *the* playbook. GOP does it w/ virtually every Dem figure who isn’t a white male: otherize, demonize + splinter. It’s vital that we adapt & dismantle this approach, not cow to it.”
You have to give her credit for adopting a more creative style of race-baiting; usually, progressives just blame racist conservatives for their troubles. Ocasio-Cortez has refined the technique, including even those who may not lean very far to the right. When it comes to alienating supporters, AOC is taking it to another level.
AOC Wants Your Guns
If mainstream progressives are paying attention to Ocasio-Cortez, they’re likely pretty unhappy with her after her response to the shooting in Christchurch. In the wake of the massacre, New Zealand’s government seized on the opportunity to enact policies designed to relieve citizens of their semi-automatic weapons. Some on the far left publicly cheered the decision, and Ocasio-Cortez was no exception. She tweeted:
“Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.
Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.
This is what leadership looks like”
Senators Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also praised the move. But wait a minute, don’t the Democrats always say that they are not trying to take America’s guns? How many times have you heard left-leaning pundits call conservatives paranoid for believing that progressives are pushing for gun confiscation?
Well, it appears that was all a lie, and Ocasio-Cortez – as well as others – has spilled the beans.
What will happen with our favorite progressive celebrity next week? Will her numbers continue to fall? Will she make more asinine statements? Will she finally devise a way to regulate cow farts? Stay tuned for the next installment of If I Only Had a Brain.