Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is like, you know, like, so inspiring to watch, like, you Know?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has, like, a lot to say, lol. Over the course of a wide-ranging 80-minute interview at left-leaning South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas Saturday, the 29-year-old left-wing socialist let loose a litany of “likes,” “you knows,” and “whatevers.”
In between calling America “garbage,” capitalism “irredeemable,” and President Reagan racist, AOC said “like” no fewer than 71 times, “You know” at least 34 times, and “whatever” five times.
She also said “ummm” too many times to be counted. The popular progressive personality also has a penchant for peppering her prose with, “I think” and “I guess.”
Speaking of her strategy of not trying to convince critics “of anything,” AOC advised:
“Stop trying to win people over, stop trying to enter a conversation thinking that you’re going to, like, ‘aha’ them into changing their minds. And so, I think, that, you know, we’ve kind of lost the art of conversation. So when I enter a conversation with someone I actually try to learn more about where they’re coming from, like I try — I actually use it as an experience to — like, let’s say, I’m talking to someone who’s saying something really racist and they don’t even realize that they’re saying something really racist, I — I asked some questions because I’m interested, I’m fascinated by that. How does that work, you know?”
Fascinating, sure, but she was hardly finished:
“But you have to — we have to learn to, like, really disarm ourselves in these conversations first of all, because we approach them with so much hostility and, like, they get mad and we get mad and all of these things and — and we have — so, part of it is, like, emotional work. And — and the second part of it is intention, like, what are you trying to get out of this conversation?”
This, we regret to inform you, is but a small sampling. There was so, so much more. Which is why we compiled everything into one short supercut featured above.
Please, like, enjoy, or whatever.
Other highlights of Ocasio-Cortez included saying that former President Ronald Reagan used “racist” caricatures and “pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans to screw over all working-class Americans.”
Essentially, Ocasio-Cortez called President Reagan a racist.
Ocasio-Cortez said, “One perfect example, I think a perfect example of how special interests and the powerful have pitted white working-class Americans against brown and black working-class Americans in order to just screw over all working-class Americans, is Reaganism in the ’80s when he started talking about welfare queens.”
She added, “So you think about this image; welfare queens and what he was really trying to talk about was he was painting this photo, he was painting this like really resentful vision of essentially black women who were doing nothing that were ‘sucks’ on our country.
And it’s this whole tragedy of the commons type of thinking where it’s like because these one, this one specific group of people, that you are already kind of subconsciously primed to resent, you give them a different reason that’s not explicit racism but still rooted in a racist caricature. It gives people a logical reason, a ‘logical’ reason to say, ‘oh yeah, no, toss out the whole social safety net.’”
Ocasio-Cortez also blasted moderate political policies, saying they only preserve the status quo.
“All of these things sound radical compared to where we are, but where we are is not a good thing. And this idea of like 10 percent better from garbage shouldn’t be what we settle for. … It feels like moderate is not a stance, it’s just an attitude towards life,” she added, shrugging her shoulders.
“It’s just an attitude towards life of, like, ‘meh,’” she said. “We’ve become so cynical, that we view ‘meh,’ or ‘eh’ — we view cynicism as an intellectually superior attitude, and we view ambition as youthful naivete when … the greatest things we have ever accomplished as a society have been ambitious acts of visions, and the ‘meh’ is just worshiped now, for what?”
She also defended herself from critics who claim her brand of socialism will enable the government to take over private companies.
Ocasio-Cortez said it’s really the opposite.