In one of her 20+ tweets of the day, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) complained to her 2.42 million Twitter followers, as well as the New York Times’ Paul Krugman’s 4.52 million Twitter users, that she’s uneasy about the amount of attention she gets on a daily basis and has almost no control over it.
It all started when the Times opinion columnist wrote on Twitter on Thursday, “To be honest, I'm somewhat uneasy about all the attention @aoc is getting, because a lot of it is obviously for the wrong reasons. She's telegenic and her shocking rise makes a good story; but there are lots of impressive freshmen in this class, and she gets all the attention.”
To which Ocasio-Cortez replied, “I’m uneasy about it too. It’s stressful & scary, but it’s also out of my control, so the best thing I can do is try to focus that attention on the most urgent issues of our time: climate change, good gov, jobs, wages, justice; and highlight the contradictions you explain here.”
Why does the 29-year-old get so much attention?
Perhaps it was her upset victory over a highly favored Democratic incumbent, despite her inability to explain her positions and plans well, and her coming-from-nothing superhero origin story.
Perhaps it comes from her 1.8 million followers on Instagram, where she posts everything from videos of herself dancing in front of her congressional office to making mac and cheese for dinner.
Perhaps it’s because she doesn’t act like a freshman in Congress and managed to already secure a seat on the powerful House Financial Services Committee on Thursday, according to CNN. She’ll be overseeing “big banks, lending, & the financial sector.”
Perhaps it’s because she’s an admitted socialist who is seen, by many, as the leader of the up-and-coming far-left progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
Perhaps it’s the massive, fundamental changes she’s pushing for America in her Green New Deal, which for some reason also includes universal health care, tuition-free college, and a federal jobs and housing guarantee.
Perhaps it’s her inability to explain how we’re going to pay for all her programs. Asked by Univision’s Jorge Ramos how, she replied, “You just pay for it!”
Perhaps it’s her penchant for attacking politicians on both sides of the aisle.
Who knows? 🤷