AOC resigns from Twitter over ‘negativity’ and promises return
If you can’t take the heat, delete the app.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said Monday night she will be taking a break from Twitter, citing concern caused by negative comments on the platform.
The “Squad” member made the announcement in response to an Instagram user who pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez hadn’t posted anything on her personal or official Twitter page since last week.
“When are you coming back to Twitter? You are missed,” user AOC wrote on the Legislature’s Instagram story.
“That’s so funny you bring that up,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Yeah, when I got COVID I turned off all my devices, which means I wasn’t really on social media that much or anything.”
She then revealed that she would feel uncomfortable on Twitter if she logged back on.
“Well I mean I would literally walk to open the app and I felt almost like scared,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “People argue and gossip and all that other stuff so much but – and there’s a lot of negativity, negativity – but I’ll be back. Do not worry.”
Ocasio-Cortez has not posted a tweet of her own to her personal account since Jan. 12. The last post from her official account was a commemoration of last week’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The far-left lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus last month, just a week after she was spotted on vacation in Florida – where she was spotted without a face covering on several occasions.
Social media breaks are recommended by mental health experts because constant content consumption is a huge part of everyday life — and Ocasio-Cortez has already taken them.
In April 2019, the congresswoman “separated” her family in Puerto Rico for a few days.
Immediately afterwards, she took the opportunity to call then-President Donald Trump after he agreed with her claims that the Department of Veterans Affairs was “not broken.”
“Just got back from a few (mostly) unplugged days visiting my Abuela in PR and I see the President tweeting about me,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Just another day at the office!”
“I represent one of the strongest concentrations of veterans in NYC,” she continued. “The Bronx VA provides excellent care and community to our vets who commend them. The way to improve VA care and reduce wait times (which can be shorter than private care!) is to fund it entirely – not privatize it.”
Since being elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez has never shied away from speaking her mind on social media — often to criticize those who disagree with her.
Last January, progressive lawmaker Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused her of nearly “murdering” her during the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot.
“I’m excited to be working with Republicans on this issue where there is common ground, but you almost had me assassinated three weeks ago so you could sit this out,” she wrote to Cruz after he was asked about concerns about the Stock trading an olive branch had offered restrictions on Robinhood. “Lucky to work with almost every other GOP that isn’t trying to kill me. If you want to help in the meantime, you can quit.”
The tweet drew backlash from fellow Republicans, who urged Ocasio-Cortez to apologize. She specifically denied this when asked by The Post.
Last November, Ocasio-Cortez blasted veteran political strategist James Carville on Twitter for blaming the “dumb wakefulness” of progressives for the Democratic gubernatorial defeat in Virginia.
“Like the average audience for people seriously using the word ’awake’ in a political discussion in 2021, the experts at James Carville and Fox News are so told you everything you need to know .” She wrote, adding: “And before people disingenuously complain that ‘woke’ vilifies older people, it’s actually pundits like Carville who use terms like ‘woke’ to insult voters under 45 who are vilified.
“Don’t wonder why youth voter turnout falls when Democrats are talking about them like that,” she added. “We need everyone”
in August 2019, Ocasio-Cortez took a keyboard swing at then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for a picture of a group of young men in “Team Mitch” shirts fingering and choking a snippet of their online spread.
“‘Boys stay boys.’ Is that why you decided to block the Violence Against Women Act as well @senatemajldr It prevents dating partners with records of abusing and stalking women (also an early warning sign of many mass shooters) from holding a gun received,” she tweeted.
AOC has also used Twitter to attack heads of state like Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Hasn’t Governor DeSantis inexplicably been missing for two weeks?” she tweeted after news of her vacation to Florida broke in late December. “If he’s around, I’d like to greet him. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks. In the meantime I could maybe help with the organization on site. People are quite receptive here :)”
It was later revealed that DeSantis was taking time off from the public eye to take care of his wife.
In September last year She beat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about the Lone Star State’s controversial abortion law.
“Sad to have to explain to a GOP governor in 2021 that: 1. ‘6 weeks pregnant’ = 2 weeks late for your period 2. Period is constantly late due to stress, diet etc. 3. Most people know their rapists,” she wrote. “But GOP wants more control over your body than you do, so here we are.”
As a public figure, the congresswoman is prone to backlash from her tweets and has publicly admitted to blocking certain users for excessive harassment.
In 2019, she revealed that she had blocked fewer than 20 users at the time and it was “for harassment, not political views.”
“While people have the right to say what they want, they don’t have the right to force me to hear it,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “But freedom of expression is not a right to force someone to put up with your harassment.”