When a video clip of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a college student dancing on a rooftop went viral on Thursday, journalists and leftists immediately accused conservatives of being “outraged” and leapt to her defense.
Yet there appeared to be little actual outrage coming from any conservatives over the video, as some noted on social media.
I haven't encountered any conservative outraged over that high school video of Ocasio-Cortez, but the media keeps telling me conservatives are outraged by it.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 4, 2019
Nonetheless, Newsweek ran a story titled, “CONSERVATIVES MOCK ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ FOR COLLEGE DANCING VIDEO, EVERYONE ELSE THINKS IT’S ADORABLE.”
The story did not list any examples of conservatives attacking her and only journalists defending her, prompting calls for Newsweek to correct its story.
As several journalists noted, no conservatives mocked her. So we can wait for them to also correct this. https://t.co/61V56iLO1p
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 5, 2019
Headline says “conservatives”
Article says “one twitter user” https://t.co/oDreuT33Sa
— Matt Gorman (@mattsgorman) January 5, 2019
This lame #Reuters article proves my point from my earlier tweet. I don't believe ANYONE was 'outraged' by this completely charming video.
This is NOT journalism. https://t.co/CvZzlvETmW
— (((Mike Glenn))) (@mrglenn) January 4, 2019
The video with Ocasio-Cortez dancing was actually first published on YouTube on September 30, 2010, and featured Boston University students dancing in an apparent homage to scenes in the movie Breakfast Club. The credits list her as “Sandy Ocasio-Cortez.”
The clip of Ocasio-Cortez went viral after an anonymous Twitter account with the handle “@AnonymousQ1776” tweeted a mash-up of her dancing, along with the comment, “Here is “America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…High School video of “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortez.”
The account was deactivated shortly after, and it is not clear who compiled the mash-up.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez — who is now widely known by her full name, or “AOC” — herself jumped on the faux controversy, telling the Hill that it was unsurprising that “Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal.” She did not reference which Republicans she was talking about.
She later posted another video — albeit much more subdued — of herself dancing in front of her congressional office, tweeting:
I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone :)
Judicial Watch’s Jerry Dunleavy mocked the whole faux controversy over her dancing — and proved that Republicans also let loose — by dredging up the clip of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:
Since we’re all talking about politicians dancing, here’s a reminder that this happenedpic.twitter.com/el68mzIuvb
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 4, 2019
Meanwhile, conservatives did scrutinize Ocasio-Cortez’s recent remarks on CBS’s 60 Minutes, including wanting 70 percent tax on the “tippy-tops” of wage earners and comparing herself to Republican President Abraham Lincoln:
[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] is not being bullied because she is the youngest person in Congress. People are actually holding her to task because she knows absolutely nothing and she made it to Capitol Hill. – @RealCandaceO pic.twitter.com/DeWrwyv6zP
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) January 6, 2019