Ocasio-Cortez’s First Speech Blames Trump and Wins 'Most-Viewed' Record on a Social Media Site
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had her first House speech on Wednesday. Her powerful message about the partial shutdown was shared on social media.
C-SPAN saw the clip reach the highest number of views in just over 12 hours. The actual figure is above a million.
First House Floor speech from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC): “The truth of this shutdown is that it's actually not about a wall...The truth is, this shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms." pic.twitter.com/r8tmsGSNtT— CSPAN (@cspan) January 17, 2019
The US is currently under a partial federal shutdown because Trump refuses to sign off on the nation's spending unless he gets $5, 7 billion for a border wall between the US and Mexico. So far, Democrats have refused to yield to his request.
The shutdown has left thousands of federal workers without pay. Ocasio-Cortez’s speech became C-SPAN's most-viewed Twitter video of remarks by a House lawmaker.
In just over 12 hours C-SPAN tweet of @RepAOC floor remarks last nite have become most-viewed twitter video by @cspan of any remarks by a member of House either party. 1.16M https://t.co/lkd0vK33cj— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) January 17, 2019
Most viewed tweet video of a Sen? @KamalaHarris questioning Kavanaugh (7.14M views pic.twitter.com/2ulf1fNddc
Her clip had 1.16 million views in just over 12 hours and now it has over 3 million. This figure was shared on Thursday afternoon by C-SPAN's communications director, Howard Mortman.
She will be the first female president. Guaranteed— thybearglove (@thybearglove) January 17, 2019
Mortman’s message read:
"In just over 12 hours C-SPAN tweet of @RepAOC floor remarks last nite have become most-viewed twitter video by @cspan of any remarks by a member of House either party, 1.16 million.”
This is why the @GOP is frightened to death of this young woman, the youngest US Congresswoman in history. She's brave, articulate, passionate, and knows what the majority of Americans need and want. Too bad for the @GOP, but it is NOT the Trump agenda they want.— Thelma T. Reyna (@ThelmaReyna) January 18, 2019
The communications director also revealed that his organization's most viewed Twitter video was that of Sen. Kamala Harris's (D-Calif.) last October. At the time, the senator had questioned then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.
We have needed someone like Ms. Cortez for a long time now!!! Its long overdue! I'm a progressive democrat and she can teach our Dem's a thing or two. She's very intelligent, articulate and has class! I commend her courage and strength! Plus, she hit the nail on the head!!!— Janice Giampaoli (@janiceduke54) January 20, 2019
Harris' clip earned 7.14 million views on Twitter. As part of her speech Ocasio-Cortez stated:
“The truth of this shutdown is that it's actually not about a wall...The truth is, this shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms."
AOC 💪🤗...put the Bronx 🔨 down on this 🤡 and his missing cronies ... keep fighting for the people #AOC— Wgz (@Mr_boogiedown) January 17, 2019
The representative also shared:
"It is not normal to hold 800,000 workers' paychecks hostage. It is not normal to shut down the government when we don't get what we want. And it is certainly not normal to starve the people we serve for a proposal that is wildly unpopular among the American people."