Fox Nation host and Twitter antagonizer Tomi Lahren on Thursday suggested that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is successful on social media, but not in “real life.”
The jab was in response to a comment made by Fox & Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt, who dared to refer to 29-year-old Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez as “successful” while discussing AOC’s appeal and what that might mean for the Democratic party’s platform for presidential candidates.
Tomi Lahren: "There's a difference between being successful on Twitter and social media like @AOC and being relatable on social media platforms, and actually being successful in real life." pic.twitter.com/zHjVp9sJhZ
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) January 31, 2019
“Don’t you think Democrats were trying to find their way, trying to find their footing, and then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is very successful, she’s the darling of the Democratic Party and she is so far left and has these socialist ideas and then the Democrats are saying, ‘Oh, that worked for her, maybe that’s our ticket, bingo,'” asked Earhardt, before suggesting that “the left keeps going further and further left.”
“There’s a difference between being successful on Twitter and social media like Ocasio-Cortez and being relatable on social media platforms and actually being successful in real life,” Lahren replied.
The 26-year-old conservative pundit went on to say that she doesn’t believe any of the current Democratic challengers pose a threat to Trump in the 2020 election—despite recent polls showing he trails every one—unless he fails to build the wall.
Twitter quickly began to point out that unlike Tomi Lahren, who hosts a niche program on what has essentially become state television, Ocasio-Cortez is (the youngest-ever female) sitting Congresswoman.
AOC is a congresswoman and Tomi Lahren sells racist calendars online to help support her.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) January 31, 2019
True, big difference between grifters like Tomi Lahren who have medium sized platforms but no voice or influence at all and AOC who is a member of Congress https://t.co/rXCeuQAWqv
— Kenton (@KentonTilford) January 31, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a Congresswoman and you’re a… I’m sorry, what exactly do you *do*, Tammy? https://t.co/22kK4VFEDw
— Robert S. Hamer (@robsolonhamer) January 31, 2019
And since @AOC is a sitting congresswoman and Tammy is on Instagram live this makes zero sense
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 31, 2019
Becky has a lot of nerve making a statement like this. AOC is a congresswoman. Tomi Lahren is a morally vacant, intellectually bankrupt, no talent fascist talking head. If she were born poor/middle class, the only thing she could get a job doing in front of a camera is porn. 🙄🙄 https://t.co/76491BTCci
— Sohalah PerevozchikovaⓋ☭☦️🇷🇺🇻🇪 (@CaldariWaifu) January 31, 2019
Someone has to explain this logic to me please. How is being a Congresswoman not being successful while being a paid contributor on a cable news network is? Thanks, but I will tell my nieces to follow in @AOC's footsteps long before I tell them to follow Tomi's https://t.co/adFn3bk3Qt
— Brent_Kleinman (@BrentKleinman) January 31, 2019
The tremendous self-own from Tomi here made even funnier by the Fox & Friends team explaining to her how AOC has used her social media platform to enact positive 'real life' changes and actions that progress her cause. https://t.co/FufgEy6CFP
— david. (@exitdave) January 31, 2019
Tomi out here dunking on herself https://t.co/eB05h8vWVo
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 31, 2019
Go easy on Tomi. She’s only just getting used to the notion of having to make her own way in the world, starting with getting out from under her parent’s health insurance plan.