Despite her Socialist Kween status, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s poll numbers haven’t been so hot lately. And Vox’s Gaza Bridge expert Zack Beauchamp knows why:
How conservative media is dragging down AOC’s poll numbers: https://t.co/18DOG1ODT1
— Vox (@voxdotcom) April 1, 2019
So what’s going on? Ocasio-Cortez herself has a preferred explanation — that she’s been vilified on Fox News and in other conservative outlets, and they’ve driven her national approval rating down. If this theory is right, then you’d expect her negative favorables to be driven almost entirely by Republicans detesting her and everyone else not being as familiar with her.
And that appears to be exactly what is happening.
Yeah, it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that she’s a pathological liar who sticks her foot in her mouth (unless she’s already got a croissant in there).
It’s astonishing that a Democratic backbencher could get this much attention and get so famous at the beginning of her first term. It’s a testament to how much of a phenomenon she is on the Democratic left — and how much the right seems to both hate and fear her.
In an interview with the New Yorker’s David Remnick, AOC characterized all the media attention as exhausting and borderline dangerous.
“I’ve got a full-time job in Congress and then I moonlight as America’s greatest villain, or as the new hope. And it’s pretty tiring,” she said. “This ravenous hysteria — it’s really getting to a level that is kind of out of control.”
Poor, poor, pitiful AOC. She so hates being the center of attention … and on top of all that, the conservative media are tanking her poll numbers! They’re probably responsible for this ratio, too!
She needs help doing that?
— David Carter (@MrDavidCarter) April 1, 2019
???? she’s doing that quite well on her own, thanks.
— Francesca (@TheFrancescaF) April 1, 2019
"The media attack me, which is why my poll numbers look bad." Hmm, where have I heard that one before?
— neontaster (@neontaster) April 1, 2019
I think it's the crazy/stupid that's doing it. https://t.co/9mEyVb4Iuy
— Unfriendly Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) April 1, 2019
Bragging about stopping those Amazon jobs might have had something to do with it. ?
— prop op (@ProperOpinion) April 1, 2019
Lol. Maybe it has something to do with her constant stream of gaffes, and, I don’t know, driving away all the Amazon money and jobs from NY?
— The Conservative Film Buff (@ConFilmBuff) April 1, 2019
This is as conspiratorial as AOC claims. You should really just acknowledge she says dumb things and save yourself the little credibility you have.
— Wittorical (@Wittorical) April 1, 2019
best April Fools joke goes to @voxdotcom
— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) April 1, 2019