As part of what’s been described as a “routine rotation of House members,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was allowed last Friday to wield the infamous speaker’s gavel and preside over the lower chamber of Congress for roughly an hour.
“Today I presided over the House floor for the first time,” she proudly tweeted afterward. “Every day here is a sacred privilege + responsibility entrusted to me by my community. I never forget that, and moments like these drive it home. Thank you to the people of NY14 + beyond.”
“This House belongs to all of us,” she added.
She included the following video of her eventually ending the session:
According to Reuters, she didn’t actually do anything substantive.
“In the event, Ocasio-Cortez did not have a great deal to do,” the outlet has confirmed. “She presided over ‘special orders,’ which are generally short speeches by House members at the end of the day’s legislative business, often on issues of concern in their districts.”
And amazingly enough, she couldn’t even do that correctly: “Ocasio-Cortez, 29, called on members as they rose to speak, once or twice stumbling over their states of origin.”
“For what purpose does the gentleman from Ohio — um, from Illinois, excuse me, seek recognition?” she reportedly said to Democrat Rep. Sean Casten.
After the session concluded, she bemoaned not having been able to take selfies.
“That was my first time presiding. And it’s exciting. It’s certainly a view. I wish we could, I wish we were allowed to take photos,” she told reporters …
As it to be expected, mockery of the young congresswoman began pouring in quite quickly.
“What kid doesn’t get excited when their parent lets them sit in the driver’s seat and pretend to be driving?” one Twitter user wrote. “This was a natural progression for AOC after playing grown up in shoes too big for her and learning about dangerous things like garbage disposals.”
See this and other tweets below:
What kid doesn’t get excited when their parent lets them sit in the driver’s seat and pretend to be driving? This was a natural progression for AOC after playing grown up in shoes too big for her and learning about dangerous things like garbage disposals.https://t.co/843Uf5OKTn
— Pithyprose (@pithyprose4me) May 12, 2019
Did she know the gavel was actually a gavel and not a hammer? https://t.co/qCcpFbkpCY
— patrick (@boater195) May 12, 2019
That gavel had more knowledge and smarts than you AOC !
— Tim (@tim_lst) May 12, 2019
AOC thought the Speaker’s Gavel was to play “Whack a Mole”.
— mbolch (@mbolch) May 12, 2019
— nbotwin (@nancybotwinbs) May 12, 2019
AOC briefly takes Pelosi’s spot in presiding over House; reportedly youngest woman to wield gavelhttps://t.co/XBwoNsBma7
I treasure those days when my daughter was young & we had bring your child to work day.The look on her face when she would sit at my desk playing boss. ❤️
— Dennis ??? (@kuhndsn) May 12, 2019
— Gary Gere (@MackMarlon1) May 12, 2019
Regarding selfies, what’s both interesting and suspiciously odd is that, despite AOC’s clear-cut love of selfies (and Instagram), she abstained from taking a selfie when a Trump supporter and his son allegedly showed up outside her office last week to praise her …
“About an hour ago, I was walking out of my office for the day,” she wrote. “There was a man what I believe was his teenage son hanging a small sign they made outside my office (we let people leave well wishes on our wall). Astonishingly, his sign read: ‘Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez.’”
She managed to snap a picture of the sign but not the alleged Trump supporter:
About an hour ago, I was walking out of my office for the day.
There was a man what I believe was his teenage son hanging a small sign they made outside my office (we let people leave well wishes on our wall).
Astonishingly, his sign read: “Trump supporters for Ocasio-Cortez.” pic.twitter.com/IjVKbvetEI
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 10, 2019
She even spoke with the guy, or so she claims, and he allegedly said he supports her radical climate change plans to restructure all of American society.
“I’ve been saying for years that climate change is our most important crisis. You’re one of the only ones who‘s been willing to be decisive on it,” the unnamed Trump supporter allegedly said. “I like you. I can tell that you are genuine and fighting for us. You’re real and you get it.”
Many have questioned the legitimacy of this story for obvious reasons. Ocasio-Cortez clearly loves attention, as evidenced by her constant selfies and her going out of her way to highlight her brief hour wielding the speaker’s gavel, yet there were none to accompany this story.
What a great photo OP, @AOC. Did no one have a cellphone to take pictures of this unusual occurrence?
Ocasio-Cortez says she was ‘astonished’ when man left sign outside her office in support of both her and Trumphttps://t.co/RsosnRV42y
— LADY JUSTICE ⚖?? (@vachilly64) May 11, 2019
No selfie at the minimum….this story is bull?
— Sistersara ? (@Sistersara52) May 12, 2019
It maybe possible, but knowing AOC it is a Lie, why didn’t she take a selfie with this person? Sure it was a Plant.
— U Entered another Dimension, The Twilight Zone (@Howdy1358) May 11, 2019
The epitome of. That or she wrote it herself and made the whole story up. As quick as she is with a camera, I cant believe she didn’t get something like that on video. Or at LEAST a selfie with him wearing a MAGA cap.
— Qporium (@Carter_Zon) May 11, 2019
We have no idea she is telling the truth. No one asked for a selfie, etc.? Not buying it.
— The Deplorable Vegan ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@DeplorableVegan) May 11, 2019
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