Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez okay?

Last night, freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram to build Ikea furniture, drink wine, and eat snacks while waxing philosophical on the perils of climate change. Even in today’s strange world, where presidential candidates like Beto O’Rourke post photos of themselves at the dentist, this was a bizarre display.

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The oddest moment came when Ocasio-Cortez compared those who oppose her Green New Deal, or at least some kind of aggressive fight against climate change, to people in the 1950s and 1960s who opposed civil rights for black Americans.

To those who make jokes about her claim that we have 12 years to save the world, Ocasio-Cortez said, “You may laugh, but your grandkids will not.” That’s when the threats started. While chewing a snack live on Instagram she reminded us that:

The internet documents everything. You know, you want to look about, you want to talk about looking at the back of history, looking backwards, you look back and you open history books on the civil rights movement, and you see those folks who are protesting against the ability for African Americans and black Americans to have the right to vote, and they would hold up these bigoted signs, and they would hold up signs that said things like ‘what about white rights,’ and all of this stuff, in the 1950s, 1960s. So just know that in the present day there a lot of people who hide the fact that their families and their grandparents fought against the principles of equal rights in the United States. Not 100 years ago, not 80 years ago, but in this generation’s lifetime. So just know that while a lot of people can hide what their grandparents did that in the civil rights movement, you should also know that the internet documents everything. And your grandchildren will not be able to hide the fact that you fought against acknowledging and taking bold action against climate change.

The internet does indeed document everything, including this bizarre diatribe. The casual nature with which she berated conservatives, who likely weren’t among the 8,000 viewers anyway, is troubling. She appears to take quite seriously the idea that our grandchildren will be ashamed of us if we don’t support her political policies because they will have access to our tweets, or something.

It’s, frankly, a maniacal imagining. The year 2060: having failed to heed AOC’s warnings that the world is on fire, little Johnny is in tears, shame burning through him as he peruses grandma’s Facebook page from 40 years ago.

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