Out in Florida, GOP Rep. Ron DeSantos is in a tough primary in the race for governor, but after receiving the endorsement of Donald Trump, DeSantos has taken the lead in polls (the polls I have seen also suggest that his opponent would fare better in the general). In an effort to ensure his primary victory, he’s also gone full Trump, attacking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “this girl” during a recent speech.
“You look at this girl, Ocasio-Cortez or whatever she is, I mean, she’s in a totally different universe. It’s basically socialism wrapped in ignorance. And it’s problematic.”
“You’re just repeating these canned, left-wing talking points, and you’re somehow the savior of the Democratic Party? Good Lord! She has no clue what she’s talking about.”
“Socialism” is not the bogeyman it once was, before the rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, whose entire platform basically consisted of unrealistic promises he made to poor white folks in Red States (promises he had no intentions of keeping, because he’s always been most interested in padding the wallets of the wealthy). In decades past, the concept of socialism was rejected in part because people thought it unrealistic, but we’re now in an era where Donald Trump is promoting the idea of a Space Force while spending billions on tax cuts for the wealthy. If we’re going to talk about “unrealistic” aspirations for this country, can we at least talk about “unrealistic” aspirations that benefit everyone?
Anyway, Ocasio-Cortez appropriately took a shot at DeSantos in a way that might not improve his chances in the general, should he win his primary.
Rep DeSantis, it seems you’re confused as to “whatever I am.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 23, 2018
I am a Puerto Rican woman. It’s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since María.
But I’m sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments! https://t.co/xJlroSe5Hs
DeSantos isn’t the only guy attacking Ocasio-Cortez, however, as the right endeavors to make her the face of the Democratic party. Here’s an editor on The Daily Caller on Fox News.
Fox & Friends had Daily Caller editor @VAKruta on to discuss the fear she felt attending @Ocasio2018 rally.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 24, 2018
"They talk about things everybody wants, especially if you're a parent. They talk about education for your kids, health care… it was really uncomfortable." #BeyondParody pic.twitter.com/BULE0KFuPJ
Was that fear a “fear” of being attacked by the crowd for being a reporter at the rally, a fear that the press is made to feel at Trump rallies. Or the fear of being assaulted?
No, no. The Fear was of being given healthcare. Or a free education. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! NoooooooooOOOOOOO! Here’s Fox Business News trying to attack(?) Ocasio-Cortez.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "We will not rest until every person in this country is paid a living wage to lead a dignified life." pic.twitter.com/6u73x2kyVI— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) July 23, 2018
Here’s The Daily Caller again.
lol it keeps happening pic.twitter.com/lfrCo1vZyZ— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) July 24, 2018
“Terrifying”? The idea of health care and education for children and a living wage for workers is “terrifying”?
I know we live in an upside-down world, y’all, but what the fuck? That’s terrifying, but the President threatening Iran with nuclear annihilation is … not? Is tribalism so bad in this country that the GOP can convince an unemployed coal miner that a living wage and free healthcare is a bad idea?
I think what I’m saying is, if the Republicans want to continue trying to make Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the face of the Democratic Party, I say go for it! Maybe it will actually come true.