Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest critic showed how ignorant he is. Again.

AOC and Piers Morgan
Fréa Lockley

He’s known for being an opinionated know-it-all. But Piers Morgan just chose the wrong person to criticise. Because his latest attempt to patronise and mock an outstanding politician revealed what an ignorant misogynist he truly is. (And not for the first time.)

“Equal rights aren’t trends”

On 20 January, US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez corrected screenwriter Aaron Sorkin after he offered ‘advice’ to newly elected Democrats. Sorkin said they should “stop acting like young people”.

Ocasio-Cortez’s response was swift and absolutely on point. Because she totally understands the issues she’s campaigning on and the voters she represents: 

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Over 50,000 people liked Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet. Thousands more shared it or made supportive comments. As ever, she also dealt with negative comments perfectly. As she pointed out, saying things like ‘Sorkin is looking for gravitas’ just plays into language bias that is often sexist, classist and exclusive:

And then Morgan waded in. But actually, his contribution just gave Ocasio-Cortez even more kudos. (Not that she needed it.)

Who knows more about politics?

Morgan’s tweet was patronising, sexist and just rude. (No change there, then.) But this time, he really chose the wrong opponent, and Twitter took him down.

For a start, many corrected his point that Sorkin ‘knows more’ than an elected politician:

Others challenged his sexist, ageist language:

Some threw Morgan’s words straight back at him:

Others, meanwhile, simply showed how pointless Morgan is:

There’s no need to draw any more attention to Morgan. He’s just an attention seeker. But in the current climate of political chaos, Morgan’s open support for Donald Trump is worrying. He even offered himself as Trump’s new chief of staff. But his latest support for Sorkin is another clear racist marker.

Sorkin’s outspoken pro-Israel stance openly criticises the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement which works to end the oppression of Palestinian people. He’s also a member of the so-called Creative Community for Peace. This high-profile group works to counter the BDS cultural boycott against Israel. And it literally rewrites the real issues faced by Palestinian people. Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, broke the mould in US politics by accurately challenging Israel’s occupation of Palestine. So it was almost inevitable that Sorkin wouldn’t be a fan.

Nonetheless, Morgan’s added layer of insults on Sorkin’s attack is problematic.

In her own words

Since she was elected, Ocasio-Cortez has faced continued and sustained attacks for her outspokenness and radically principled stances. Most criticisms have focused on her age, gender and ethnicity. But this hasn’t stopped her:

And the best person to speak on behalf of Ocasio-Cortez is Ocasio-Cortez:

Ocasio-Cortez is an inspiration and a political force to be celebrated. Morgan’s words won’t stop her at all. But here in the UK, as right-wing tensions grow amid Brexit chaos, his bile isn’t welcome. Eyes on Morgan. And even if we don’t want to share his misogynistic bullshit – we’re watching.

Featured images via US House of Representatives/Wikimedia and iDominick/Wikimedia

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