Conservative leaders are speaking out after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused them of being outraged over a video of her dancing in college.
A Twitter account posted the video and attempted to make fun of her for dancing instead of learning. However, the user quickly deleted the account after the backlash they received from both sides.
Yet Ocasio-Cortez took the tweet as a sign that conservatives, in general, were outraged and began to speak as if all conservatives were angry about the video.
Watch the video below:
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
She even posted a video of her dancing in front of her office in an attempt to fire back at the GOP.
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
However, many conservatives spoke out against the tweets, instead pointing toward policy issues they didn’t agree on as the real reason for their criticism:
Actually, the GOP doesn't care. One twitter user whose account has since been deleted cared; people across the political spectrum made fun of him. https://t.co/ewNQb0xjEX
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) January 4, 2019
Literally everyone in the GOP was roasting the one crazy guy who had a problem with you dancing. No one thought it was scandalous. https://t.co/iTFOhLMEvb
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) January 4, 2019
— Kelsey Harkness (@kelseyjharkness) January 4, 2019
Everybody thought the dancing was pretty charming! It's the insane policy to which we object. But keep misdirecting away from that and pretend that we're all John Lithgow from "Footloose." https://t.co/xtFV8R6SUW
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 4, 2019
No one thinks this is scandalous. Dance away (was actually pretty good).
What is scandalous is increasing income taxes to 70%. It’s wholly unethical for anyone to work a majority of the year just to give their money to the government.
Dancing’s great, but ideas matter more. https://t.co/8RIShEJjAL
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 4, 2019
As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described democratic socialist whose policies include raising income tax rates to 70 percent for the wealthy, free college tuition with no plan to pay for it, free health care that would cost billions of dollars, and open borders.
While some accounts with extremist views might have gone after Ocasio-Cortez for the video, it is important to recognize that they do not speak for all conservatives, with the majority of the GOP coming to her defense.
Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.