Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has quickly become one of the most famous politicians in Congress, amassing an extensive social media following and generating headlines across all media platforms.
But has the power gone to her head? While speaking at a Girls Who Code town hall event in New York last week, Ocasio-Cortez declared that she is "the boss."
Despite being duly elected by the voters in New York's 14th congressional district, Ocasio-Cortez triumphantly declared herself "the boss" in response to criticism generated by her so-called "Green New Deal," a massive socialist proposal that seeks to reverse, or at least slow down, climate change.
"You know what? I don't care anymore. I don't care anymore, because again, I'm at least trying, and they're not," Ocasio-Cortez said. "So the power is in the person who's trying, regardless of the success. If you're trying, you've got all the power, you're driving the agenda, you're doing all this stuff."
"Like I just introduced Green New Deal two weeks ago and it's created creating all of this conversation. Why? Because no one else has even tried," she claimed. "So people are like 'oh it's unrealistic, oh it's vague, oh it doesn't address this little, minute thing.' And I'm like you try, you do it."
"So until you do it, I'm the boss!" she declared. "How about that?!"
Also on Twitter Friday, Ocasio-Cortez — who is just one lawmaker in a group of 435, a position she has held for less than two months — challenged her detractors to "come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis."
"Until then, we're in charge — and you're just shouting from the cheap seats," she said.