She might not know much about real-life economics, but she’s helping build a cottage industry in conservative comedy.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the country’s most famous female “democratic socialist,” and second only to Vermont’s socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders for the all-around title, has been proving herself to be a national embarrassment when it comes to being interviewed by anyone other than a fawning fan.
First, her interview with Margaret Hoover on the reborn PBS show “Firing Line” showed Ocasio-Cortez to be pretty much a 28-year-old ignoramus spouting off about issues she has little comprehension of.
That led to a satirical version of the interview posted by conservative commentator Allie Beth Stuckey that actually drew outrage from some on the left who clearly didn’t quite get the joke.
More recently, Ocasio-Cortez landed an interview with the much more sympathetically liberal Trevor Noah of “The Daily Show,” and ended up with reviews that were just as bad as those for Ocasio-Cortez’s performance with Hoover.
Anyone with the time or interest can view it here, but the respected political writer Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review described it up nicely: “There is only one thing more awkward than the guy who hasn’t read the book his book report is supposed to be dissecting, and that is the guy who hasn’t read it and who doesn’t know he’s embarrassing himself by pretending that he has. That’s Ocasio-Cortez.”
As disastrous as Ocasio-Cortez’s performance was, it did have the redeeming quality of giving conservative commentator Ben Shapiro ammunition for his own satirical interview with the Democrat candidate for Congress in New York’s 14th Congressional District.
And it might be even funnier than Stuckey’s. Check it out here:
I finally had the opportunity to sit down with @Ocasio2018 for the Sunday Special, and it went great! pic.twitter.com/WhR7fcM5FT
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 31, 2018
And the reception for Shapiro’s satirical “interview” said more about Ocasio-Cortez’s candidacy than a hundred thumbsucking sit-downs with the establishment media ever will.
I don’t think the letters she is getting from Republicans thanking her mean what she thinks they mean
— Jim Benfatti (@JimBenfatti) July 31, 2018
She is truly The Gift That Keeps Giving.
— The Monster ❌ ??? ???????? (@SumErgoMonstro) July 31, 2018
One Twitter user pointed out that it the interview was obviously satirical because “does anyone really think she would have the guts to debate Ben?”
You can tell right away it’s fake. Does anyone really think she would have the guts to debate Ben?
— Jae Newton (@truedat99) July 31, 2018
In a word, No.
If a Democrat “It” girl can’t make it through a series of softball questions from a liberal host with a liberal audience like Trevor Noah and “The Daily Show” without embarrassing herself, she wouldn’t have a prayer against a conservative who was really trying to do damage. (Hoover showed a lot of class on PBS.)
Ocasio-Cortez is, unfortunately, probably a lock to win her race in New York, in a district where Republicans are so rare as to be an endangered species. But her real use to liberals diminishes with her every turn in the public eye.
She is, however, proving to be a real boon for the conservative comedy sector of the economy.
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