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Ocasio-Cortez Rejects Proof America Is Turning Against Her: Who Cares About White Men

“The reason people know more is bc Fox News has turned into ‘AOC TMZ.'”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tried on Saturday to rebut a poll showing that as American have gotten to know her they have increasingly disliked her.

The survey released a day earlier by Gallup, showed that awareness of the New York Democrat has nearly doubled since she first came to national attention with a surprise primary win in June. However, the effect on her fame has been mostly negative: Among the 71 percent of Americans who know her name, 41 percent disapprove of her, compared to 31 percent who approve.

Ocasio-Cortez dismissed the findings in a series of tweets, arguing that it’s not people who dislike her, so much as Republicans. She went on to blame Fox News for spreading “awareness” about her among members of the party.

Citing a recent New Yorker expose on the network, she called Fox News “AOC TMZ,” a reference to the celebrity gossip website, and a “propaganda machine.”

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Ocasio-Cortez had warmed up for her latest round of Fox News-bashing by going after conservative writer Josh Jordan for what she said was “unconscious bias.” She accused him of implying in a since-deleted tweet that “older, conservative white men are considered ‘everyone.’”

Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly spoken of the importance of reaching out to white men to “educate” them on their bias, recently insisting that “there are a lot of Trump voting pockets of my district.”

She also has a history of misstating the facts to support her left-wing agenda, and of rejecting critical commentary and press coverage as unfair or biased.

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According to the Gallup poll, conducted Feb. 12-28, Ocasio-Cortez’s net approval rating fell eight points since it was last measured by the group in September. While Democrats and nonwhite people grew fonder of her, she lost support from every other group broken out in the survey, including independents and women.

Ocasio-Cortez was found to be especially disapproved of by men, white people, and people aged 55 and older.

Gallup noted that the numbers will have little affect on her prospects for reelection in New York’s 14th District, which is mostly Democratic and nonwhite, but said that they could bode poorly for her national ambitions.

“How Americans at large view Ocasio-Cortez will likely not factor much in her future representing Queens and the Bronx in Congress,” Gallup concludes. “But given the national platform she’s attained, her ratings may matter more as her career progresses, and as she attempts to pass sweeping legislation like the New Green Deal she has sponsored in the House.”

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Cover image: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat. (Screen grab)

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