Polarizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cartoon blows up Twitter

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Ben Garrison puts AOC back behind the bar.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) can’t seem to make it a week without going viral.

The freshman congresswoman makes headlines nearly daily for her outspoken left-wing politics. Some of those politics were displayed in a recent political cartoon from libertarian artist Ben Garrison. The cartoon depicts AOC in a crop top, offering up an array of “leftist snowflake” cocktails, including a “marxarita,” “late term abortion,” and “tax on the beach.”

A decade ago even, the longtime newspaper cartoonist’s satirical piece is published in a broadsheet and the next day it’s in the recycling bin. In the age of Twitter, it’s become something of a meme and rallying point for her fans online. People would, essentially, enjoy drinking here.

The cartoon comes in response to a recent tweet from Ocasio-Cortez in which the former bartender offered up a few “cocktails for the revolution.” Drinks like the Green New Deal-homaging “Bitter Dark n’ Stormy” swept the internet, with many people clamoring for a taste of the political beverages.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1094976575580356608

The cartoon picked up steam as people shared their thoughts on Garrison’s art.

“This is beyond cringey, it’s uncomfortable,” Twitter user @Zegh8578 wrote. “Also, what’s the whole ‘sexy’ angle all about? Is it solely and purely because she’s not an old dude?”

More than anything, people couldn’t stop talking about AOC’s stellar abs in Garrison’s recreation of her.

What does it take to get abs like that?

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.