Don Jr. Is Desperate to Pick a Fight With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Before President Trump took the stage on Thursday night at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, his very largest adult son Don Jr. warmed up the crowd, doing what he does best: telling bad jokes about Democrats in the weird, throaty screech that is his “campaign” voice. And it’s clear that, moving into 2020 with a resurgent left flank of the Democratic Party, Don Jr. is looking for a new villain and seems to have found one in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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“Think about the fact that every mainstream, leading Democratic contender is taking the advice of a freshman congresswoman who three weeks ago didn’t know the three branches of government,” Trump said, referring to the Green New Deal that Ocasio-Cortez has championed. The crowd laughed and booed. “I don’t know about you guys, but that’s pretty scary!”

Then, inspired, the crowd began to chant “AOC sucks”:

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“You guys, you’re not very nice,” Don Jr. said. “And neither is what [the Green New Deal] would do to this country.”

As Isaac Stanley-Becker noted in the Washington Post, “The chant reverberated at the Trump rally as a possible catchphrase for 2020, swapping out one female villain for another. It testified to the first-term congresswoman’s rapid ascent to GOP public enemy No. 1, a position that took Clinton slightly longer to reach.”

The Republican obsession with (and fear of) Ocasio-Cortez has reached levels of such absurdity that an uninspired schoolyard chant is a natural next step, symbolizing how powerless right-wing cynics are in the face of Ocasio-Cortez’s popularity.

A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez is unbothered. From the Washington Post:

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, dismissed the 41-year-old as a “minion” for his father.

“I don’t watch garbage television, so I was unaware of it,” Trent said in a phone interview. “When reality TV gets into the White House, then things get a little weird, don’t they?”

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They do. 

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

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theburnersmydestination
TheBurnersMyDestination

She’s not going to date you, Don. Give it a rest.

I swear, AOC triggers all of these white male conservatives back to middle school, where some pretty, smart girl had the good sense to tell them to get lost, and they never got over it.