Ocasio-Cortez shares record-breaking social media skills with fellow Democrats in special session
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is better at social media than you. Whether it’s clapping back at curmudgeons of the right, inviting her followers to join her in a one-sided game of hide and seek with the Senate Majority Leader, or helping the average American understand the mysteries of Capitol Hill, the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman from New York is using her reach like no politician before her. As the most popular member of Congress on social, AOC has hundreds of thousands more followers, just on Twitter, than Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and averages more interactions per month than the New York Times.
Luckily for the Democrats currently in charge of the House, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is willing to share her knowledge. After all, if the 2016 election exposed some of the most nefarious uses of social media available, then 2018 certainly showcased the positive power of the platforms that increasingly connect us all. While some things can’t be taught, AOC, the darling of Instagram and Twitter (and nightmare of Fox News), agreed Thursday to drop some social media wisdom on her fellow legislators of the left.
Despite rumored and reported distaste and distrust of the star congresswoman from the more centrist and established members of the left’s ranks, the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee asked Rep. Ocasio-Cortez take the team to school just two weeks after being sworn into office. The brainchild of Rep. Debbie Dingell, the social media class was co-taught by Connecticut Dem Jim Himes.
When older members of Congress needed a primer on how to more effectively use social media, @RepDebDingell brought in @jahimes, @tedlieu, @davidcicilline, and @AOC to teach them pic.twitter.com/g9xWLpU9Gt
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) January 18, 2019
While the class was for everyone, there’s no denying that, in and out of Washington, social media consumption and creation looks very different, depending on the user’s age.