New York Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be a big hit with the media and younger crowd, but she’s not receiving any special treatment on Capitol Hill.
The 29-year-old socialist is in Washington, D.C., this week for orientation. She and other newly elected officials are touring the Capitol building, meeting with lawmakers, and learning the ins and outs of Congress.
So far, Ocasio-Cortez has stormed the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a protest, complained that everyone is confusing her an intern or spouse, and was captured in a photo standing alone and being excluded from a conversation between several older Democrats.
On Wednesday, a photo of Ocasio-Cortez standing all by herself like a child waiting for her parents to finish talking scorched across Twitter.
Incoming congressmen discuss the upcoming term, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez looks on. pic.twitter.com/vNsKSJeTim
— Nick (@muscadyne) November 15, 2018
Prior to that, the socialist complained that she keeps being mistaken for an “intern or spouse” while touring Capitol Hill.
She vented her frustrations in a series of tweets on Wednesday, lashing out because people aren’t aware of who she is or giving her special treatment.
“People keep giving me directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress,” she tweeted.
Her tweet resulted in immediate push-back from many, with some joking about her getting directions on how to pay rent and others outright refuting her claim.
Conservative Arthur Schwartz said a congressman told him that there weren’t any events for interns on Wednesday, suggesting that Ocasio-Cortez made it up for attention.
“At dinner with a congressman. He said there were no intern events today that he knows of. His staff said same,” Schwartz tweeted.
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 15, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez responded by claiming she was sent to a Democrat spouse luncheon and that she was stopped on Tuesday night because someone assumed she was an intern.
She then pulled out her liberal talking points and demanded that all women, especially minorities, be believed when they make claims.
– Dem Spouse + Member luncheon were at the same time today. I was sent to spouse event.
– Last night I was stopped bc it was assumed I was an intern/staffer
– Next time try believing women + people of color when they talk about their experiences being a woman or person of color https://t.co/xXwAUegQNI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 15, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez’s “believe all women” line was heavily used by Democrats during the confirmation hearings last month for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which resulted in both the FBI and Senate Judiciary Committee concluding that there was no evidence at all to support the claims made by all of the women against Kavanaugh.
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez took part in a protest with the “Sunrise Movement,” the group who flooded Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill with activists who demanded a more progressive climate agenda.
Ocasio-Cortez joined dozens of protesters who took over the House Minority Leaders office with chants and demands.
Many of the far-left activists can be seen in photographs holding signs that read, “Step Up or Step Aside.”
Young voters from around the country have filled @nancypelosi's office & hallway to submit their stories & demands for a #GreenNewDeal. Step Up or Step Aside. They told their stories, sang & then much to their glee someone showed up to show support & rally them on. @Ocasio2018 pic.twitter.com/mZ7NvNcwnA
— FL for Bernie (@Poli_NewSense) November 13, 2018
— jordan (@JordanUhl) November 13, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez not only delivered a speech and called on Pelosi to get on board with the progressive climate agenda, she also high-fived the young activists while making it clear she was not going to be kissing up to the establishment.
Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez — who recently attacked the “electoral system” because she can’t receive her congressional salary until she becomes a member of Congress — made it clear that she isn’t ready to endorse Pelosi for Speaker.
“We need to make sure we are electing party leadership with strong commitments to putting Medicare For All, tuition-free-college and more at the top of the agenda,” the socialist darling said.
As the Democratic Party arguably becomes more progressive and comfortable publicly supporting socialism, it looks like Ocasio-Cortez is ready to cause a major shake up.
While Ocasio-Cortez may be popular with young socialists and the media, her first week on Capitol Hill has been anything but smooth.