If you step up to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on social media, you better come prepared for an epic clapback.
As first noted by The Varsity, University of Toronto computer engineering student Harry Khachatrian was on the receiving end of Ocasio-Cortez's return fire, when he engaged the freshman U.S. congresswoman about her thoughts on income inequality.
"What, precisely, is the correct level of income inequality for you, @AOC? Is there a distribution you are shooting for? Should everyone be equal?" Khachatrian asked the Democratic representative on Twitter, referring to earlier comments in an interview with The Hill where Ocasio-Cortez discussed income inequality as "one of the biggest issues of our time."
Not mincing words, she tweeted back, "Somewhere between 'teachers shouldn't have to sell their own blood to make rent' & 'billionaires with helipads and full-time workers on food stamps shouldn't exist in the same society.'"
Somewhere between "teachers shouldn't have to sell their own blood to make rent" & "billionaires with helipads and full-time workers on food stamps shouldn't exist in the same society" https://t.co/utYrwSObNN— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 15, 2019
She also shared a link to Time magazine's Sept. 2018 piece about a Kentucky teacher who sold her blood to help cover the cost of bills.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has amassed 2.42 million Twitter followers since being elected last year. Her quick wit and no-holds-barred approach on the platform has earned her the unofficial title of Congress's queen of social media.
In her most recent Twitter play, she enlisted the help of other congressional freshmen in a scavenger hunt of sorts for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — to whom they wanted to pass on a letter demanding the end of the U.S. government shutdown. (They were ultimately unsuccessful.)
He's not in the cloak room— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 17, 2019
He's not in the Capitol
He's not in the Russel building
He's not on the floor of the Senate
And 800,000 people still don't have their paychecks - so #WheresMitch? https://t.co/x3qOfC113M
She's so good at social media, in fact, that she's been asked to teach her colleagues how to up their Twitter game.
Perks of being in the Democratic Caucus: I will be teaching a Twitter class tomorrow morning open to all members 👩🏽🏫🐣 https://t.co/5DD82ndThR— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 17, 2019
(H/t to The Varsity)
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