Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, looks over her notes during testimony by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Sitting next to Ocasio-Cortez is Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been oddly mute the past few weeks. This comes on the heels of her Chief of Staff being pushed aside to do other work for the Justice Democrats group (which kind of suggests that AOC was illegally coordinating with them, doesn’t it?).
While Saikat Chakrabarti was running the show, AOC was on social media daily to rant and rave about whatever seemingly came to mind. From pushing disasterous policies, to lying about conditions on the border, you could always count on her chiming in on nearly every issue.
Suddenly, that all stopped.
I'm not saying Ocasio-Cortez doesn't write her own tweets, but her rampant use of emojis sure did stop since Chakrabarti left her office.
— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) August 22, 2019
Some liberals have jumped in to say that Congress is on recess. Since when has AOC cared about taking holidays off from pushing her propaganda, much less taking an entire month off? Even then, she’s still appearing on Colbert and posting to Instagram, so the “she’s on vacation” shtick doesn’t work very well. The timing is also way too obvious to not mean anything.
Just in Passing …
I note that @AOC has not written any substantive tweet for a week now. Once her chief of staff, Bengali svengali, Saikat Chakrabarti, departed for other ventures, she has been pretty much reduced to RT'ing Squad members. The spark, sorry snark, is gone!
— Bansi Sharma (@bansisharma) August 22, 2019
The simplest explanation here is that Chakrabarti really was the master mind behind AOC and “the squad” in general. In fact, we know he was at ground zero from the very beginning, forming the movement that would eventually highlight AOC as their figurehead.
Charkarbarti was the brains. He started Justice Democrats w/Uygur. He built the LLC to match up w/the PAC. The "squad" are simply 4 recruits that philosophically matched the Sanders platform & got elected in weak districts. I brought this out a year ago–https://t.co/VuiTfgdHRo
— Rich Weinstein (@phillyrich1) August 22, 2019
The question is where does AOC go from here.
She’s not exactly asserted herself as the sharpest person in the political sphere, especially when speaking off the cuff. While her tweets were often crazy from a policy standpoint, they were still typically thought out in ways that she could defend. There was indeed a certain level of skill in her social media use. Getting her in front of a camera has always been a different story though, where she’s been forced to come up with answers to things she clearly doesn’t actually understand. It hasn’t gone well, and without Chakrabarti, that could be all of her interactions now.
We may now know why that divide existed. As her Chief of Staff, Chakrabarti also ran all of her communications. Was he writing her tweets? It sure seems probable at this point. Regardless, it’s obvious that a major part of the production of AOC’s public persona is now gone and it’s affecting her.
Of course, this is great news for the Democrats at large. The less she talks, the better it is for them and maybe that was Nancy Pelosi’s plan all along.
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