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‘How do you have a computer that runs both Windows 95 and Twitter at the same time?’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) shot back at critics who use memes to mock her online, labeling them “so weak.”
The New York lawmaker made the remarks during an appearance on Showtime’s Desus & Mero.
When asked whether she regretted getting into politics because of the attention and criticism she gets online, Ocasio-Cortez said it only validated her choices.
“I mean, it is heavy, but in a weird way that stuff is validation that you’re doing something real,” she said. “Because if you’re just flying under the radar, just trying to get your check, like not rock the boat—then what’s the point of being in politics? What is the point of doing things if you’re just trying to maintain a status quo that doesn’t help people?”
The congresswoman then addressed the memes, joking that they were poorly made.
The discussion continued and she was asked if she thought the critical memes were “weak.” Ocasio-Cortez agreed, calling them “so weak,” adding:
“It’s like, how do you have a computer that runs both Windows 95 and Twitter at the same time?” she said, getting laughs.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).