Twitter user @AnonymousQ1776 blasted the progressive politician as “America’s favorite commie-know-it” and a “clueless nitwit” in a tweet on Jan. 2.
The video appears to be an edited version of the “Boston University Brat Pack Mashup,” which features Ocasio-Cortez on a rooftop recreating the dance scene from “The Breakfast Club” alongside other students. It was initially posted on YouTube in 2010, the year before Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University.
The viral clip was trimmed to focus primarily on New York’s newest representative — its background tune “Listztomania” by the Phoenix, replaced with a mocking soundtrack.
Several right-wing social media accounts were quick to seize on the video, similarly mocking her as “frivolous” and “bizarre.”
“...High school video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Congratulations New York!” one person said sarcastically.
They were drown out however by messages of support for Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman sworn into congress on Thursday. The clip had been viewed more than 5 million times before @AnonymousQ1776 deleted their account amid the backlash — though scores of others continued to share the video as a means to celebrate the 29-year-old firebrand.
“I keep rewatching the @AOC dancing video and can’t find the problem. She’s… having fun? Has friends? Likes music?” Charlotte Alter, a National Correspondent for Time, tweeted in response.
“GOP is threatened by her because she represents every demographic they struggle with (young pp, women, ppl of color) while making the Dems look fun and cool.”
Comedian Joseph Scrimshaw added: “Anyone who thinks video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing as a teen will derail her political career will be devastated by video of Trump speaking as an adult.”
Even Brat Pack star and actress Molly Ringwald seemed amused by the video and it’s general lack of controversy.
“That’s it, Alexandria you’re in the club!” she wrote beside several heart emojis.
Ocasio-Cortez also hit back at her critics Friday afternoon with a new video that sees her dancing outside her congressional office.
“I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous,” she wrote. “Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too!”
Parker Higgins, director of special projects for Freedom of the Press, also pointed out reenacting the iconic John Hughes scene had been a popular trend for college students at the time and is what “we now call a meme.”
“The delightful dancing video of AOC that is being circulated right now is actually part of a pretty storied, if now mostly forgotten, remix culture phenomenon,” Higgins tweeted. “A decade ago, somebody uploaded a video that mashed up an n iconic dance scene from THE BREAKFAST CLUB (1985) with a current popular hit, Pheonix’s Lisztomania.
He continued: “Shortly after that went viral, a group of Brooklyn let’s-face-it hipsters did a shot for shot remake of the mash-up, which was pretty exciting at the time!”
Ocasio-Cortez, who has positioned herself as the new face of young liberals and progressives, is no stranger to battling back against critics online. She’s taken aim at news outlets for referring to her as “a girl” and took down Washington Examiner reporter Eddie Scarry for a tweet many decried as sexist late last year.
“Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they just took now. I’ll tell you something that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles,” he wrote in response to a report that Ocasio-Cortez was could not afford rent in D.C. before her congressional salary kicked in.
“Dark hates light – that’s why you tune it out,” she said in response. “Shine bright & keep it pushing.”
Scarry eventually deleted his tweet.
Oscasio-Cortez on Friday also shared video of herself getting heckled during the vote for the new speaker of the House this week.
“Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me,” she wrote in a tweet that has been liked nearly 300,000 times.
“Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me fellas.”