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Dale writes: "If you aren't following Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on social media, we highly recommend it."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a rally against Brett Kavanaugh in Boston on 1 October. (photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks at a rally against Brett Kavanaugh in Boston on 1 October. (photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Changing the Way Politicians Use Social Media

By Frank Dale, ThinkProgress

05 December 18

The congresswoman-elect is connecting with fellow millennials in familiar ways.

f you aren’t following Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on social media, we highly recommend it.

Regardless of where you fall on the partisan political spectrum, there is something for everyone to learn from Ocasio-Cortez, who will officially become the youngest-ever congresswoman next month.

Though the new Democratic-led House won’t be seated until January 3, the New York City congresswoman-elect is already building a large following with her approach to politics that is redefining “kitchen table issues.”

Amid all of the dunking on conservatives who try to mock her on Twitter, the 29-year-old Democratic socialist is using social media to connect with constituents and supporters in ways that are familiar to fellow millennials, but new to most of the political world.

You have likely seen some of the New York Democrat’s tweets. The most recent conservative talking head to get dragged by Ocasio-Cortez is former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR).

But the congresswoman-elect doesn’t only punch down, as Trump stooge and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) learned last week.

However, there is much more to Ocasio-Cortez’s social media activity than good tweets.

Perhaps nobody has been a better advocate for the “Green New Deal” — which aims to make the U.S. 100 percent reliant on clean energy in a decade — than the New York Democrat.

Originally viewed as a longshot, the Ocasio-Cortez-backed legislation is now supported by nearly two dozen congressional colleagues, including Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who endorsed the movement on Monday.

Though Ocasio-Cortez has faced scrutiny for pushing colleagues who aren’t working boldly enough to address the urgent threat of climate change, the congresswoman-elect recently told advocates that any pushback is worth being “on the right side of that long arc of history that bends toward justice.”

But perhaps the highlight of Ocasio-Cortez’s social media presence is Instagram, where she effectively alternates between jokes, behind-the-scenes looks at her new job, and serious policy discussions — often over dinner.

Though following her on social media will lead to music recommendations and Harry Potter references…

And jokes about laundry and her improbable new life…

Ocasio-Cortez also uses social media to make pointed remarks about the state of U.S. politics.

However, the behind-the-scenes looks at the new Congress are perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the congresswoman-elect’s social media activity.

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow rising star Reps.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) documented much of their orientation last month.

The New York Democrat has continued to use Instagram — where she captions stories “so our deaf brothers and sisters can follow along too” — as her preferred source for behind-the-scenes content, as she showed followers the process for selecting new offices last week.

Regardless of how you feel about her, it seems inevitable that Ocasio-Cortez and some of her new House colleagues are set to transform perceptions of the Democratic Party — partially thanks to social media usage that has been called “the way we’d act if we got elected to Congress.”

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+5 # DongiC 2018-12-05 11:20
These female firebrands are going to light up Congress. I think the Republicans will be incinerated with their wit and their grasp of the issues that really matter like health for the individual and for the planet. Give em hell. ladies.
+2 # Ken Halt 2018-12-06 01:02
Encouraging to see a progressive politician other than Bernie intelligently and fearlessly dismantle the stupid memes of conservative twits. This is what has been lacking in US politics since Reagan took office: INTELLIGENCE!

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