Is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cracking under the pressure?
Sipping wine and assembling furniture, the freshman socialist took to Instagram on Wednesday evening to lash out at her critics, saying she has “plenty” of time to learn how the world works.
With the camera on the floor and glass of wine nearby, Ocasio-Cortez complained about how she’s being treated in a whiny voice.
Seemingly engaging in an argument with an invisible figure questioning her legitimacy, Ocasio-Cortez popped off.
“I’m in this to do the most good each day,” she said, setting her glass of wine on the floor.
“That’s what I’m here to do. So…” she continued, shrugging her shoulders, as if that was her sole defense.
Standing to walk over to a piece of the furniture she was assembling, she walked back to the camera, bending over for just the right shot.
“And guess what? I’m 29! I’m the youngest woman to ever be elected to the United States Congress! I have plenty of time to learn! And I’m not afraid to make mistakes and iterate in public, either,” she ranted.
“And frankly, if the mistakes that I’m making are just a one-off, like, rhetorical thing, you correct it, acknowledge it, and move on,” she said.
“At least I’m not trying to cage children at the border and inject them with drugs. That’s not a mistake! That is a deliberate policy to attack people based on their national origin,” she claimed.
It’s not clear what country she believes is caging children and injecting them with drugs.
Nevertheless, “That’s not a mistake. That’s just hatred!” she said. “That’s just cruelty. That’s just wrong!” she said before getting up in a huff and going back to her furniture assembling.
A recent poll by the Siena College Research Institute finds President Trump has a 36 percent favorability rating among New Yorkers, while Ocasio-Cortez’s is only 31 percent.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer enjoys the highest favorability rating at 51 percent.
“Schumer’s favorability rating moved back into positive territory after being break-even last month. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s favorability rating is unchanged from last month, and nearly one-quarter of voters do not know enough about her – despite her presidential campaign – to have an opinion,” Siena College pollster Steve Greenberg says.
“Ocasio-Cortez, with a negative 31-44 percent favorability rating, is as well known to statewide voters after three months in office as Gillibrand is after ten years as senator. While Democrats view Ocasio-Cortez favorably, independents view her unfavorably more than two-to-one and Republicans view her unfavorably, 68-6 percent. She is viewed slightly favorably in New York City but strongly unfavorably upstate and in the downstate suburbs.”
The poll also finds New Yorkers see Ocasio-Cortez as the biggest “villain” in the debacle over bringing Amazon to New York City.
“Who do New Yorkers blame? Well, there’s certainly blame enough to go around. More people think that Amazon, Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, the State Senate, and local Queens activists were villains in this saga than they were heroes. However, voters say the biggest villain was Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Only 12 percent call her hero, while 38 percent label her a villain,” Greenberg says.
“Amazon itself was seen as the biggest villain among Democrats, but Republicans and independents had Ocasio-Cortez as far and away the largest villain, followed by the local Queens activists.”
According to Greenberg, New Yorkers would support Amazon coming to the state if Cuomo and others can convince the company “to reconsider.”
Ocasio-Cortez recently blamed Fox News for her decline in popularity.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday called Fox News “AOC TMZ” and blamed the conservative network for her poor favorability rating in a new poll.
A Gallup poll released Friday showed that more Americans, 41 percent, viewed her unfavorably than favorably (31 percent). Her unfavorably rating climbed up from 26 percent in September, while her favorability rating also increased from 24 percent, meaning her net favorability dropped from -2 percentage points to -10 percentage points.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting that she has net favorable ratings from women, people ages 18 to 34 and people who are not white.
“If you want to know what subconscious bias looks like, it’s a headline saying ‘AOC is underwater with every group EXCEPT women, nonwhites, and 18-34 year olds,’” she tweeted. “So older, conservative white men are considered “everyone” and everyone else is discounted as an exception. Cool.”
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