When a video surfaced of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a Boston University undergrad dancing in a silly music video, conservatives derogated the younger Congresswoman for having a good time.
The Daily Dot reported that a QAnon conspiracy theorist tried to shame Ocasio-Cortez as part of a smear campaign by posting a 2010 YouTube clip that featured the activist with her colleagues parodying a dance sequence from the 1985 film, The Breakfast Club.
“Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…
…High School video of “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortez,” wrote Anonymous Q.
…High School video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Congratulations New York! pic.twitter.com/VSKdUImhZj
— Dan Jordan (@realdanjordan) January 2, 2019
But the attempted shaming of the 29-year-old representative for the 14th Congressional District quickly fell out of step and backfired.
Twitter came to the young politician’s defense and saw nothing wrong with a woman cutting a rug.
Nothing more scandalous than a young girl having fun and acting out the iconic dance scene from The Breakfast Club.
— Laura the Human 🤦🏻♀️ (@SpankYouSilly) January 3, 2019
Oh my goodness. A high school student dancing and singing? Who do you think this is going to offend, the pastor in Footloose?
— Fluent in Sarcasm (@jokork9) January 3, 2019
Many people found her even more appealing.
If your goal was to make her more endearing and relatable then you nailed it, man.
— Mark G. (@TheBurritoKid) January 4, 2019
Makes me like her even more.
— Joe Lansdale (@joelansdale) January 4, 2019
Thank you sir! If you hadn't posted this, I wouldn't have learned that Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from BU with a major in international relations and minor in economics. Impressive. AND she can dance!
— Jason Morse (@JasonMorse) January 4, 2019
Wow. She’s gorgeous.
— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) January 3, 2019
One user had a very valid query.
Can you imagine those old white guys in Congress ever doing this? Good for her! It's great to get some diversity in Congress.
— Bob Hails (@bobhails) January 4, 2019
Soon, snippets of other politicians dancing began popping up to demonstrate how common tripping the light fantastic is. And how Ocasio-Cortez is so much better at it.
Nothing screams awkward louder than this display of Chris Christie dancing, and failing miserably, from when he appeared on The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Since we’re all talking about politicians dancing, here’s a reminder that this happenedpic.twitter.com/el68mzIuvb
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 4, 2019
— Steve Huchteman (@Shuchteman) January 5, 2019
If the Energy Secretary Rick Perry is trying to imitate a Mario Brother, then he is succeeding.
Rick Perry dancing. pic.twitter.com/qlp6P2fTTi
— Oliver Griswold (@originalgriz) January 3, 2019
Even former President George W. Bush knew how to have fun, and nobody slammed him for it.
Dear Republicans —
Danced As A Kid In High School
Prior To Being Elected As
A Beloved Member of Congress –
George Bush Was Happily
Dancing, As POTUS,
While Visiting Africa.
— Wisdom Rocks (@GetWisdomDude) January 4, 2019
Just look at Donald Trump’s unfancy footwork during his appearance on SNL.
As Mark McHamill noted, “WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!!??!!.”
Here is a video of Trump dancing. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!!???!! pic.twitter.com/HmLtnoLcTr
— Mark McHamill (@FakeFan50) January 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez unabashedly continued showing off her dance skills. And that is why we are so in step with her.
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
I’m a conservative and am not only NOT outraged, I thought it was cute! I don’t know of anyone who had a problem with it.
— Blondie (@blondiebachus) January 7, 2019
There is no doubt that in Congress, there are movers and shakers. Some are just better at it than others.