Progressive political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed a conservative TV host on Sunday after her suggested the Democratic congressional candidate for NY lied about where she came from.
As for her childhood neighborhood, Ocasio-Cortez said the area "is nice".
The media that largely ignored Ocasio-Cortez's unheralded, underfunded campaign now seem intent on misinterpreting it. She now resides in the Bronx and has created a "girl from the Bronx" working-class image.
Turning Point USA founder and president Charlie Kirk said there is a rising socialist movement in America, because socialism is easy to sell to millennials who "want to believe in utopia". I completely disagree with her solutions, but she is listening to her community. "I couldn't look at her".
But Cardillo's argument-echoed by places like the Daily Mail-misses something fundamental about Ocasio-Cortez's message.
"What Alexandria has in common with people like Conor Lamb, who also won an upset victory, is that they're fighting for the issues that their constituents care most about", he said, referring to the Democrat who flipped a red Pennsylvania congressional district in a March special election. Not everyone is happy about how the attention moved toward her-not toward them-but the ones who realize what's happening, they're absolutely excited. Crowley is head of the Queens Democratic machine, so powerful that he hadn't had a primary opponent in years, and he outspent her 10 to 1. On the right, she's portrayed as a radical extremist leading the Democrats over a cliff.
Alvarado said he attended social demonstrations, political events and went door-to-door with Ocasio-Cortez, as she met voters in her district. "Your attempt to strip me of my family, my story, my home, and my identity is exemplary of how scared you are of the power of all four of those things", she tweeted. While living in the Bronx, she founded Brook Avenue Press, an independent publishing house for books that present the Bronx in a positive light.
That last one was so good it elicited a response from Ocasio-Cortez. "It was clear to her, even then, that the zip code a child was born in determined much of their destiny".