Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told her Instagram followers how she plans to take a few days off over the holidays for “self-care” and, right on cue, conservatives piled in to criticize her.
The congressional representative from New York’s 14th district told followers in an Instagram story posted Monday how the busy midterm campaign had impacted her lifestyle habits and that she planned to take back control ahead of starting her first term on Jan. 3.
“I am starting a week of self-care where I am taking the week off and taking care of me. I don’t know how to do that though, so I would appreciate any and all self-care tips,” she wrote.
Love @Ocasio2018’s honesty here about taking care of yourself, avoiding burnout, and challenging the misconceptions and double standards inherent in the idea of “working hard.” @AditiJuneja3 @SelfCareSundays pic.twitter.com/Q328sXIQCj— Billy Freeland (@policyjunkie) December 17, 2018
While many online were quick to praise her openness and offer their own self-care practices, conservative media pounced on the opportunity to try and discredit her—somewhat of a pastime among those opposed to the 29-year-old’s left-wing politics.
Fox News blasted Ocasio-Cortez, painting her up as lazy by mocking how she “hasn’t yet started her new job, but she’s already taking a break.” Glenn Beck’s The Blaze took the same line, that the lawmaker has “not officially embarked on her new career” but was already on “self-care sabbatical.”
On Twitter, the vitriol was a little more caustic.
Unemployed bartender living off donor money needs a vacation before living off taxpayers. https://t.co/BZC3x99o7R— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 18, 2018
AOC needs a break! Whew! Job hasn't started yet, but getting a jump on the vacation. Tell her it's all good, and new term in Congress has been delayed until January of 2020, so take a longer break and get some rest. https://t.co/vGzV2jxp6F— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 18, 2018
Even the healthiest of decisions are hyperpartisan ammunition these days.