An attempt to discredit freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using a video from her past backfired spectacularly this week.
“Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” read the Wednesday tweet from AnonymousQ1776, who described 30-second clip of a younger Ocasio-Cortez gleefully dancing on the roof of a building as a video from her high school days. The video surfaced a day before she was sworn in on Thursday as the youngest woman in Congress.
“It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well and I’m happy to be one,” the New York Democrat told The Hill on Friday.
“I think it is just funny what is considered to be disqualifying. It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal,” she continued.
Asked @AOC re this dancing video. She said:
"It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well and I'm happy to be one."
& "It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal"https://t.co/M0qMKmQ0ar
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) January 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, took to Twitter to mock GOP trolls with a new dance video filmed in the halls of Congress:
I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous.
Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! 💃🏽
Have a great weekend everyone 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9y6ALOw4F6
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 4, 2019
As CNN noted, the edited clip is actually part of a 4-minute, 20-second video posted on YouTube eight years ago that “was filmed at Boston University as part of a popular trend at the time. Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated from the university in 2011 with a degree in economics and international relations, was among a group of student dancers who took part in the video, which showed them imitating scenes from popular 1980s films.”
“Using the European band Phoenix’s Lisztomania, the students created what they call the BU “Lisztomania” Brat Pack Mashup, a homage to the original, which first aired on YouTube last year,” the university said at the time. “The mashup, a remix of song and video clips, was an instant sensation and has been replicated worldwide.”
Social media users came to her defense after the failed smear attempt:
Well, @AOC is officially done. She’ll never recover from the world seeing her…
…dancing adorably and having fun with her friends in high school? https://t.co/0zENCzBinA
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) January 3, 2019
— Danielle (@daniellegee) January 3, 2019
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) January 3, 2019