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Conservative reporter goes to an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rally and becomes a meme



David Covucci

Internet Culture

Posted on Jul 24, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 10:20 am CDT

Ever since her shocking primary win in New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an avowed Democratic Socialist, has become an object of fascination by the right.

She’s been attacked on primetime news, mocked on Twitter, and taken down in op-eds. Now, conservatives are documenting her IRL—and in the promise becoming memes.

The Daily Caller published a piece recently called “I’m a conservative and I went to an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rally,” where reporter Virginia Kruta went to an Ocasio-Cortex rally and saw something “truly terrifying.”

What was that?

  • I saw how easy it would be, as a parent, to accept the idea that my children deserve healthcare and education.

  • I saw how easy it would be, as someone who has struggled to make ends meet, to accept the idea that a “living wage” was a human right.

  • Above all, I saw how easy it would be to accept the notion that it was the government’s job to make sure that those things were provided.

Truly terrifying, the government educating its youngest citizens. Kruta watched as people got excited about these proposals and concluded by thanking “God,” for giving her the “grace” to not fall under that spell.

But it wasn’t until Kruta went to Fox News to talk about her experience where the memes happened after a reporter flagged the video.

People thought her alarmist attitude was funny.

Even Ocasio Cortez tweeted about it.

Kruta responded by saying her response wasn’t fully quoted in the tweet, which is true.

Her concern mentioned in the video was that people got excited about it, but weren’t paying attention to how it would be paid for. But wanting a more equitable distribution of wealth by taxing the rich is likely why these people went to a rally held by a—wait for it—socialist.

Then again, it’s not the first time a conservative has accidentally aired an ad for Ocasio-Cortez while trying to take her down.

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*First Published: Jul 24, 2018, 12:18 pm CDT