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Ocasio-Cortez Shames Vox Fanboy Who Wants Her to Defy Constitution With 2020 Run: ‘How About…No’

Ocasio-Cortez Shames Vox Fanboy Who Wants Her to Defy Constitution With 2020 Run: ‘How About…No’

“Why is Vox publishing his drivel?”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has mostly embraced her role as leftist dream girl. But on Wednesday, even she had to push back on the adulation.

In response to fellow Latinx lefty Vox journalist Matthew Yglesias advocating that she run for president ― Constitutional age limit be damned ― she tweeted what amounted to a brutal rejection: “How about… no.”

The freshman Democrat from New York ― whose “girl from the Bronx” persona has ​rocketed her to ​political, as well as media and social media, superstardom ― suggested that the political press focus a little less on personalities, and a little more on policies.

It started earlier in the day, when Yglesias blogged-tweeted his indignation that the Constitution’s minimum presidential age requirement of 35 disqualifies Ocasio-Cortez, 29, from running against President Donald Trump in 2020. He went on to argue that each of her perceived weaknesses are really strengths.

Political inexperience? Yglesias acknowledged that Ocasio-Cortez, who arrived in Congress a month ago, has “spent more time as a bartender than a politician.” However ― despite having repeatedly railed against Trump’s “​ignorance” ― he saw ​hers as contributing to “an appealing everywoman persona.” The rest, he blithely averred, she can learn as she goes.

Far-left ideology? Never mind that Americans ​dislike socialism. Yglesias opined that Ocasio-Cortez more than compensates for her ​leftist views with “her incredible wit, charisma, social media savvy, and basic political smarts.” Plus, he said, she has populist appeal thanks to her “keen back-to-basics grasp of the basic people-versus-powerful stakes of political conflict.”

Identity politics? Sure, Ocasio-Cortez likes to play the ​woman card, and the ​Latino one, and the ​Jewish one. But Yglesias wasn’t worried about the country’s ​exhaustion with tribalism. To his mind, she’s “fluent in contemporary progressive discourse around race and gender in a way that makes her appealing to a much broader swath of Democrats.”

Equally important, according to Yglesias, Ocasio-Cortez apparently has a nickname, “AOC.” Who doesn’t love a nickname?

While a few hardcore “AOC” fans were thrilled with Yglesias’ spin, the overwhelming response was scorn and mockery. Conservatives, some of whom have relished ​pointing out Ocasio-Cortez’s every perceived misstep, came at him from all directions.

Commentator Michael Knowles suggested that the Framers might have known something that Yglesias doesn’t.

​​Former Hasidic Jew turned blogger Shmarya Rosenberg appealed to Vox co-founder Ezra Klein to put a stop to the Yglesias madness.

Meanwhile, even liberals thought he had lost the plot. Some suggested that the last thing America needs is another political neophyte in the White House, not to mention a constitutional crisis.

One “proud CA Democrat” suggested Yglesias just needed a “cold shower.”

But maybe Ocasio-Cortez’s mean girl brush-off was bracing enough.

Cover image: Then-Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, talks to the press after taking an official class photo with new House members at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Nov. 14, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)



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