When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out on Twitter about “some billionaire with an ego issue [who] unilaterally controls a large communication platform,” Elon Musk turned the tables on her, using one of her most criticized arguments for why people are frequently critical of her. Here’s what AOC said about the claimed “explosion of hate crimes” caused by an anonymous billionaire’s capacity to be influenced by…being taken out to dinner:
Tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc some billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communication platform and skews it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him to dinner and made him feel special
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 29, 2022
And here’s what Musk had to say about it on Twitter:
Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy ☺️
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 29, 2022
Oof. Musk is correct, according to the standards that AOC devised to attempt to explain away reasonable criticism of her often ridiculous assertions and policies. “I was talking about Zuckerberg but alright,” AOC responded to Musk in a soon deleted Tweet, an apparent lack of understanding that Musk’s trolling reaction exposed the silliness of her own previously stated rationale to brush off criticism.
As Leah noted, when AOC was discovered without a mask on a January trip to the free state of Florida, she slammed opponents who pointed out her apparent transitory conviction in the need for masks and requirements to cope with COVID. “If Republicans are upset that they can’t date me, they can simply say that rather than projecting their sexual frustrations,” she tweeted during the backlash.
At the time, AOC also said, “It’s beginning to get old ignoring the very clear, bizarre, and twisted sexual frustrations that underlay the Republican obsession on me, women, and LGBT+ people in general.” “These folks definitely need counseling, but they refuse to get it and instead use politics as an outlet.”
Whether or not she thinks it, AOC said that conservative criticism of her COVID hypocrisy and radical policies stems from a sexually unsatisfied Republican desire to date her.
Her spin is ludicrous, but she understands how to turn a news cycle on its head – something she doesn’t seem to be accustomed to when she’s the one doing the criticizing. Musk was corrected by Ocasio-Cortez, who said that she was referring to Mark Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook and Instagram. She did, however, remove the tweet minutes after it was sent. Elon Musk’s tweet comes only days after the Tesla CEO claimed that he was ready to buy Twitter for $44 billion.