On Wednesday, a never-before-seen video of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit the Internet. In it, the college-aged Ocasio-Cortez does all the dances featured in 1985 cult classic, The Breakfast Club.
In the past 24 hours, right-wingers—both on YouTube and Twitter—have used the video as some sort of AOC “own,” as though the Congresswoman’s ability to nail ’80s film dance montages is evidence of her inefficiency as a politician and lawmaker.
Most notable is this tweet from a QAnon account—that’s the far-right conspiracy theory alleging the existence of a “deep state” against Donald Trump and his supporters—which posted the video and captioned it, “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is…
…High School video of “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortez.”
Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is...— AnonymousQ (@AnonymousQ1776) January 2, 2019
...High School video of “Sandy” Ocasio-Cortezpic.twitter.com/s723Vga9zF
Most of the reactions to the tweet were from befuddled individuals desperately trying to understand how this (tbh hella cute) video reflects on Ocasio-Cortez negatively in any way.
Oh shit, now that they've found a [spins wheel] video of her [spins wheel] remaking the dance scene from The Breakfast Club, set to [spins wheel] a Phoenix song, she's done for! https://t.co/WvP6XLbzeC— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 3, 2019
Fucking got her. Finally. They finally got her. pic.twitter.com/c5HTXAenzH— luke o'neil (@lukeoneil47) January 3, 2019
very normal thing to dig up and post https://t.co/YOx2endxYd— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 3, 2019
The people condemning AOC for dancing in high school would also earnestly share a story like - Inspiring: This Girl Didn't Have a Prom Date so she Brought Her Rifle— Robby Slowik (@RobbySlowik) January 3, 2019
She looks like she’s having a lot of fun. Is there a problem w this?— jeffrey churchill (@chilljat) January 3, 2019
You posting this tweet: pic.twitter.com/oWxn7sKpmz— Jenna Quigley (@JBomb11) January 3, 2019
Wow, way to expose how foreign and scary she is by showing her having fun in high school, recreating a scene from a wildly popular 1980s movie.— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 3, 2019
You got her!
I'm seriously trying to wrap my head around how anybody could think a teenager dancing could be seen as a bad thing.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) January 3, 2019
In fact, the tweet backfired, instead endearing (normal) people to AOC for being a normal, fun-loving, dancing young lady.
Thanks for sharing this fun video of a high schooler recreating the dance scene from The Breakfast Club!— April (@ReignOfApril) January 3, 2019
This really didn’t go the way you saw it in your head, did it Danny Boy? 🙃 https://t.co/efJMhox3Ei
Is this supposed to be a burn, and if so, on whom? Because this is straight up fabulous.— Macha ☮️ (@Macha_Ruad) January 3, 2019
Uh oh you proved she was cool and had friends in high school. I realize this may be an alien concept to you— AlBorlanternCorp (@BorlandCorp) January 3, 2019
Great video she is awesome and I love her thanks— Woney For Nothing (@NonTrotski) January 3, 2019
so your point is she is smart AND sexy?— Katy Stoll (@katystoll) January 3, 2019
I was a lifelong Republican until I saw this video, and now i am communist. Thanks AnonymousQ— Kyle Thorsen (@ThorCo34) January 3, 2019
Wow, so not only can she place in international science fairs, become the youngest congressperson, and cook, but she can also dance!— zmann 🤖 (@zmann) January 3, 2019
Maybe conservatives had confused New York with that town from another ’80s cult classic, Footloose?
Conservatives are actually the town from Footloose https://t.co/9sP4AcKgQV— Allison Kilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) January 3, 2019
you know the laws in new york are very different from the laws in the town in footloose, yes?— amy brown (@arb) January 3, 2019
well she's certainly lost the crucial "Mayor from that Footloose town" vote https://t.co/ttCY5wb9Je— maura quint (@behindyourback) January 3, 2019
Whatever the case, here’s to hoping QAnon and other right-wing personalities bring us a few more “leaks” like this in 2019. Lord knows we can use them.
The original, unedited video featured other students and was a mashup of Phoenix’s track ‘Lisztomania’ with the Brat Pack’s dance moves. Also, it rules: