United States congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself in the headlines yet ago for another absurd reason: dancing. Ahead of being sworn in as the representative of New York’s 14th congressional district, video was shared online from her days as a student at Boston University.
In the video, which was not in the least bit scandalous, Ocasio-Cortez was dancing and re-enacting dance moves from The Breakfast Club.
That led to some bizarre and unwarranted criticism of the congresswoman, but she showed that she can take punches in stride with a hilarious response on Friday, December 4.
Outside of her office on The Hill, Ocasio-Cortez decided to film another video of herself dancing as a way to tell her critics that they can not stop her from being who she wants to be while in office.
“I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous,” the 29-year-old wrote. “Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone.”
You can check out the full video below.
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?
Osario-Cortez used a relentless grassroots campaign to rise in popularity and win the election in New York’s 14th congressional district. She became the youngest woman elected into the U.S. House of Representatives.
“The reason I was able to do that is because we have built a legitimately strong grassroots movement of organizers here to hold it down for 24 to 48 hours,” she said, “and I think that’s reflective of the strength of what we have built here. It was an advantage, actually, because our community here really wanted to do something and they didn’t want to feel like they were choosing organizing the campaign over choosing to comment and organize around this moment.
“We have families and communities here (in the 14th District) from Ecuador and Colombia, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan, and I see them every day, many of them are very scared about what’s going on,” she said. “With my campaign, in terms of immigration, we’re trying to say, ‘Hey, we’ve got your back.’”
The win from Ocasio-Cortez shows that Democrats are turning away from the establishment and embracing a new direction for the party. She has generated new excitement among the left-leaning voters and has introduced a wave of youth that the Democrats were in desperate need of.
Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign also showed that victory is within reach even if your opponent is willing to drastically outspend you.