“This is visual confirmation that we are in the darkest timeline.”
Users on social media mocked a comic book starring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., for depicting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as a toned superhero with six-pack abs.
The release this week of “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?” excited liberals by capturing their adulation for progressive icon Ocasio-Cortez, and Pelosi, a veteran Democrat politician.
But conservatives’ reception of the work has been lukewarm to say the least, particularly when it comes to how Pelosi is portrayed.
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“This apparently how the left pictures Speaker Pelosi as featured in the AOC comic,” Red State writer Brandon Morse wrote in a caption accompanying a scene from “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?”
— A Clone of Sonny (@TheNickaChew) May 1, 2019
In the comic, a topless and extremely muscular Pelosi, breasts obscured by a towel and what appears to be a dust cloud, shouts out, “Hey Rookie!”
Conservatives were simultaneously amused and horrified.
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“What is this hell,” tweeted gaming journalist Ian Miles Cheong, to which Morse replied: “This is visual confirmation that we are in the darkest timeline.”
“NOBODY in the history of NEVEREVER will be able to unsee that image again!” exclaimed one commenter.
— Chicks On The Right (@chicksonright) May 1, 2019
Other users referenced controversies in the news.
“Soon after she signed up for a power meet and crushed all Women’s previous records,” wrote one commenter.
— Steve Berman (@stevengberman) May 1, 2019
Liberal comic book artist Joshua Blaylock, who founded independent comic book publisher Devil’s Due, created “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force: New Party Who Dis?”
“There’s just something about Alexandria that resonates with so many people,” Blaylock told CNN in February. A description on the comic’s website touts it as a celebration of “the election of the most diverse group of freshman congresspersons in history.”
Among conservatives and liberals alike, Ocasio-Cortez continues to be a lightning rod and a central figure in the mainstream culture wars. A perennial target of criticism on Fox News, as well as a frequent instigator of Twitter spats, her (and her social media team’s) success at riling up her ideological opposition has earned her comparisons to President Donald Trump. And while right-leaning detractors peg the 29-year-old politician as a paper tiger with all flash and no substance, she continues to win plaudits from the legions of left-leaning admirers who appreciate her unapologetic progressivism.
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