Democratic rising star and right-wing boogeywoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has once again sent conservative social media circles into a frenzy of frothing rage, this time for appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine wearing — shock, horror — fancy clothing!
“AOC appears in Vanity Fair in outfits worth $14,000 to curse Trump out! screamed a FOX News headline, disgracefully pulling out all the stops to milk every last hate-click they possibly can from their deranged readers. The writers at FOX News and every other right-wing talking head who seized on this know full well that the clothes used in photoshoots belong to the magazine, not to the subject of the shoot, but why bother with a little thing like facts when you have a psychosexual axe to grind?
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Thursday night to respond to her critics and to give them a little bit of advice that everyone should follow:
Republicans are Very Mad (again) about my appearance. This time they’re mad that I look good in borrowed clothes (again).
Listen, if Republicans want pointers on looking your best, I’m happy to share.
Tip #1: Drink water and don’t be racist
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 29, 2020
Now that the Republican Party has gone all-in on culture war grievance politics, conservatives know that the vision of economic equality and labor empowerment represent a serious existential threat to their hold over the white working class — especially when they shine a light on the hypocrisy and exploitation of the Republican elites, like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did in her interview.
“These are the same people saying that we can’t have tuition-free public colleges because there’s no money, when these motherf*ckers are only paying $750 a year in taxes!” vented the New York Congresswoman to Vanity Fair.
To keep people from listening to and digesting these ideas, the right-wing propaganda arm works overtime to delegitimize, demonize, and disparage the messengers, which is why we have to go through this absurd and extremely trite cycle of screaming gotcha! hypocrisy every time Ocasio-Cortez does anything.
Since she’s a s-s-s-s-s-s-sOcIalisT, then naturally means she should be forced to wear a barrel with suspenders, disavow all worldly enjoyment and comfort, and live like a Franciscan monk, because that is how “socialism” works in the absurd fantasies of right-wingers devoted to a monstrously exploitative version of capitalism in which all resources and wealth are funneled up to the hands of an elite oligarchy.
Only a socialist can pose in $14,000 clothes during a pandemic, advocate for policies that will force people to pay more of their hard earned money in taxes and not realize they’re dressed in the clothes of hypocrisy. AOC is like every socialist leader, destructive & greedy. pic.twitter.com/66yGjzpXvI
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 29, 2020
By screaming constantly about AOC’s fancy clothes, there’s too much noise for their followers to think about how Donald Trump has paid barely any taxes, simply had a $250 million loan “forgiven,” funneled millions of taxpayer dollars into his pockets as President, and has spent his entire career screwing over and stiffing everyone who ever worked for him.
Actual lefties on Twitter quickly jumped to her defense and skewered the chuds for their ridiculous complaints:
socialism is when Vanity Fair asks you to do a photo shoot and you show up covered in poop and they offer to wash it off and you say no i demand that you leave me in the poop https://t.co/XheUpgfOyt
— Law Boy, Esq. (@The_Law_Boy) October 29, 2020
this is how I think AOC should have showed up to the vanity fair photoshoot because I have very smart politics brain pic.twitter.com/XCrFImIsGH
— Bris Angel (@Cryptoterra) October 29, 2020
Wrapping myself in 20 yards of linen, as marx prescribed https://t.co/92caB3Zjwm
— Crowsa Luxemburg (@quendergeer) October 29, 2020
Uhhhhh, apparently this is where AOC works? This doesn’t look very socialist to me pic.twitter.com/6xFC3oG2qR
— Vaush (@VaushV) October 29, 2020
it's not socialist to look hot for a vanity fair cover story
— nuanced opinion guy (@charles_kinbote) October 29, 2020
if there's one thing i know it's that capitalism invented exchanging money for goods and services https://t.co/xq7loOgIvU
— mark (@kept_simple) October 29, 2020
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.