LMAO: AOC Doesn’t Understand A Metaphor — Gets DRAGGED On Twitter

Written by K. Walker on February 7, 2020

A video of bartender turned Congresswoman was getting a lot of attention on Twitter for all the wrong reasons.

It seems that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(D-NY) is very upset by a common metaphor for working hard — “lift yourself up by your bootstraps.” She explained that it’s “a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap — by your shoelaces.” 

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It is astounding that AOC can be so consistently wrong on everything. You’d think that statistically, she’d be correct at least occasionally. But it seems that the old joke that “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” doesn’t seem applicable to AOC.

Of course, this is the kind of thing that happens when you get your opinions directly from articles on HuffPo:

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” It’s a common phrase in American political discourse, particularly present in conservative rhetoric about self-reliance.

The concept is simple: To pull yourself up by your bootstraps means to succeed or elevate yourself without any outside help.

But when you examine this expression and its current meaning, it doesn’t seem to make much sense.

To pull yourself up by your bootstraps is actually physically impossible. In fact, the original meaning of the phrase was more along the lines of “to try to do something completely absurd.”

Source: Huffington Post

After a few hours of mockery, AOC tweeted out a video of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking about the difficulty African Americans faced in pulling themselves up by their bootstraps because of the legacy of slavery, institutional racism, and segregation — which were all still things that MLK’s civil rights movement was addressing. Interestingly, even though he says that telling “someone with no boots” to lift themselves up by their own bootstraps ignores the legacy of slavery and segregation, MLK still says, “Now I believe we ought to do all we can and seek to lift ourselves by our own bootstraps.”

She then takes a shot at President Trump and his family for inheriting wealth and cites her own story about how hard she worked to get elected but denying that her hard work was “bootstrapping.”

Some mocked AOC’s bizarre literal take of the commonly used metaphor, but also that she didn’t even realize the irony of a woman who went from bartender to Congresswoman stating that you can’t accomplish things with hard work. Admittedly, AOC worked very hard knocking on doors to win against Joe Crowley a 10-term incumbent and the Democratic Caucus Chair. It was a huge upset.

Lachlan Markay of the Daily Beast tweeted, “Long gone are the days when, say, a lower-middle class, outer-borough bartender could ascend to the commanding heights of America’s ruling elite.”

Conservative commentator, Lauren Chen thought it was hilarious. She wrote, “Not sure what’s funnier: >AOC taking metaphors literally >AOC, a former bartender who is now a congressman, dismissing the idea of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps.”

There were also many tweets mocking Rep. Ocasio-Cortez by pretending to not understand metaphors. They were under the hashtag #AOCsplaining.

Here’s a sample:

A couple of Twitter users had a whole lot of fun with this hashtag:

The Media(D) keeps saying that conservatives are obsessed with AOC. It’s not that it’s an obsession, it’s just that she says so many wrong things and does it in such a spectacularly bad way that it’s difficult to ignore her.

She has the singular ability of being a true believer of all things progressive, completely incapable of coherent thought, while being loudly and obnoxiously asserting her ignorance as knowledge.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think that this was just the best performance art that I’ve ever seen… but she’s simply not bright enough to pull off an act like that for this long.

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll