People have been quick to write-off congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez due to her young age, apparent lack of experience, her dancing videos (a source of much fear and angst for many Republicans) and very modern style of communication, among other things.
But many (although definitely not all) of the critics were silenced during her questioning of Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen in Congress yesterday.
Now AOC — she’s largely known by just three letters now — says it was the value of bartending and what some consider to be “unskilled labor” that ultimately helped.
Her questions, many of them focussing on Trump’s finances and tax records, were succinct, to-the-point, and showed impeccable research and skill in building on the use of Cohen’s previous answers — and she finished with time to spare.
This was a good use of the time allotted. @RepAOC not only asked Cohen questions that revealed newsworthy information which merit further investigation, but ones pertinent to her district. If you missed it live, as I did, this is her questioning in full. pic.twitter.com/fUxgq4e5BN
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 27, 2019
Not bad, given she’s been in Congress just a couple of months.
Some lessons that other lawmakers could learn from @AOC‘s good questioning of Cohen: a) follow-up on previously asked questions that still need answers b) be precise and detailed and c) avoid much grandstanding. You might elicit news.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) February 27, 2019
After being widely praised (and of course still criticised by her wide range of haters, who will never be moved) AOC took to social media to respond to some of the feedback, particularly one twitter use who asked if she’s really a former bartender, and not a former prosecutor.
“Thanks,” AOC responded. “Bartending + waitressing (especially in NYC) means you talk to 1000s of people over the years,” she said. “Forces you to get great at reading people + hones a razor-sharp BS detector.”
“Just goes to show that what some consider to be “unskilled labor” can actually be anything but.”
AOC finished up her work in a New York City bar in late 20017, just months before beating the Democrat incumbent Joe Crowley during the 2018 congressional primary.
Bartending + waitressing (especially in NYC) means you talk to 1000s of people over the years. Forces you to get great at reading people + hones a razor-sharp BS detector.
Just goes to show that what some consider to be “unskilled labor” can actually be anything but 😉 https://t.co/pcVKe5XKdm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 28, 2019