Chef's Kiss: '#AlexandriaOcasioSmollett' Trends on Twitter, and the Memes Are Something Else

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On any given day, Twitter is unquestionably a bowl of dumb. The trending stories and hashtags there almost invariably originate from left-wing media outlets or accounts that frequently push unflattering narratives that have a 50/50 chance of being true about Republican officeholders and their supporters.

But something different happened today. The stars aligned and the planets converged on the social media platform. How do we know this? Because something very rare took place on the Twitter machine today: A negative hashtag about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, mocking her over certain aspects of the story she told about her alleged experiences during the Capitol riots.

The hashtag grew into the tens of thousands of tweets after RedState’s Nick Arama reported earlier that the two-term Congresswoman known as the leader of the so-called “Squad” was not even in the Capitol building:

AOC wasn’t even in the Capitol building where all the action was going down. If she was in her office, she was in the Cannon Building which is nearby, but a different building. But of course, many didn’t get the logistics and just assumed that she was in the Capitol building.

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AOC’s building appears to have been briefly evacuated during the day as police checked on a nearby suspicious package that was later cleared.

So her “near-death experience” was an overreaction to a Capitol Police officer knocking on her door to direct her to another building, the Longworth Building, where she then stayed in the office of Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA).

After the report went viral, and after AOC took offense over it, the tweets started rolling in fast and furious. Here are just a few of them:

Are the Democrat lapdogs at Twitter about to receive a nastygram from AOC’s office? My money’s on “yes”:

While it’s understandable that AOC was panicked and scared about what was going on at the Capitol at the time, including when the Capitol police officer allegedly looked at her with at her “with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility” in his eyes, it’s not understandable why she chose to let people believe she was in the building directly where the rioters were – outside of her flair for over-dramatics and making herself the focal point of every story.

This also brings to mind the point made by progressive writer Zaid Jilani Monday about how it was crazy that AOC could accuse a sitting Senator (Ted Cruz) of attempted murder and smear the Capitol police but that but no one in the media seemed to want question her story in any way.

“I imagine she was legitimately frightened,” Jilani noted, sharing a point of view many agree with. “[But] it doesn’t make every statement she makes true. Reporters should attend to facts not sentiment.”

Reporters should attend to facts and not sentiment? What. a. concept.

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