Having won the June 26th New York Democratic primary against 10-term veteran U.S. Representative Joe Crowley, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and those who voted for her are currently riding a wave of hope. But conservative John Cardillo, host of Newsmax’s America Talks Live, tried to rain on Ocasio-Cortez’s parade by tweeting a photo of her childhood home, an attempt to undermine her credibility. But don’t fret — Ocasio-Cortez clapped back like a pro, and had the weight of the Twitterverse behind her, too.
Ocasio-Cortez, who spent her early years in the Bronx, ran her campaign on the fact that she knows what working families in the Bronx and Queens have to grapple with on a daily basis. Both her parents worked hard to support their family, and Ocasio-Cortez saw firsthand how rent hikes, minimal health care, and stagnant income strongly affect working-class families. Her parents did all they could to move Ocasio-Cortez and her brother out of the Bronx and into Yorktown Heights, a more middle-income neighborhood outside of N.Y.C., to better their educational opportunities.
And although all this information about Ocasio-Cortez’s background is available on her campaign site, Cardillo obviously didn’t care to do any research before sending the following tweet:
Ocasio-Cortez rightfully corrected Cardillo stating that, first of all, she didn’t go to Brown — she went to Boston University. She then reiterated that her parents worked extremely hard to stay in that house, and the move to Yorktown Heights from the Bronx made Ocasio-Cortez realize the harsh difference in opportunity between zip codes — the problem she’s hoping to fix if elected to Congress.
She then tweeted this, which gives us chills of excitement:
Cardillo acknowledged that he was wrong about Brown, but stood by his “argument.” Twitter took over from there. The big joke? That Ocasio-Cortez had the audacity to grow up in a house.
Ocasio-Cortez shouldn’t have to defend herself to those who are afraid of what her win means for politics. But when your clapback game is as strong as hers, who can resist? Get ’em, girlfriend.