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Ocasio-Cortez Turns from Media Darling to Nemesis Overnight After Town Hall Incident

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Right after her surprise primary victory against Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley, millennial democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became an overnight media darling.

The high-water mark was on Stephen Colbert’s show, of all places — I know, contain your shock — when the 28-year-old future of the Democrats hit softball after softball out of the park. “Trump isn’t ready for a girl from the Bronx,” she declared to wild applause.

That was at the beginning of summer. Then came Margaret Hoover’s show. We still have a few more weeks until Labor Day, but forget about taking on Trump — she’s now in virtual hiding from Ben Shapiro.

So, how bad has it gotten? Well, candidate Ocasio-Cortez has gone from media darling to banning the media from her own events.

And, suffice it to say, the media wasn’t happy.

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According to the Queens Chronicle — not exactly known for mining the same type of readership as the New York Post or National Review — Ocasio-Cortez nixed the press from town halls “after reporters ‘mobbed’ her at an earlier event.” I’m sure that has everything to do with the fact that she’s a huge celebrity and nothing to do with the fact she answers the simplest questions as if she were a real-life “Doonesbury” caricature.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday that stops on her ‘listening tour’ throughout the district, like the one held a day earlier in Corona, are ‘intended for lively, compassionate discourse with a diversity of viewpoints,'” the Chronicle reported.

“According to the Democratic nominee in the 14th Congressional District, she and the dozens of area residents who attended the event ‘talked about race, immigration, healthcare, disability rights and housing.’

“But unless you were in the room on Sunday, you won’t know what specific community problems were mentioned or how Ocasio-Cortez planned to address them once she is sworn in.”

Do you think that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a gift to Republicans?

No word, as well, on whether she told the community that she planned to flip that district red.

The candidate insisted there was nothing out of the ordinary about this arrangement:

“Additionally, with this town hall non-story: it was designed to protect + invite vulnerable populations to PUBLIC discourse: immigrants, victims of domestic abuse, and so on,” she tweeted.

“We indicated previously that the event would be closed to press. Future ones are open.”

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I’m not quite sure why what she says in front of “vulnerable populations” shouldn’t be covered. After all, wouldn’t that be more important to get out there in the press?

At least she didn’t say the press was engaging in entitled catcalling. I’ll give credit where credit is due.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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