How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is using Trump’s Tactics

For my money, the most interesting by far is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC as she is sometimes known).I’m not the first to notice it, but she seems so much like another trailblazing, barn-burning politician..Like President Donald Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is both loved and hated..Donald Trump wasn’t the first politician to use it, but I think it’s fair to say that his activity on the platform has been unique..Both big claims seem specifically designed to draw attention.LanguageIf we compare the most popular words found in tweets by both Ocasio-Cortez and Trump, we get an interesting contrast.World Clouds — Left: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — Right: Donald TrumpSure the main terms are different..Though Clinton’s ideas may have sounded more reasonable, she was never able to resonate.Unlike Clinton (but like Trump) Ocasio-Cortez focusses on a few big themes..Top Senators like Lindsay Graham called Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot”..Like Trump, Ocasio-Cortez refuses to bow to a powerful member of her own party..Enemies can become friends if they are played correctly.Hitting Back (and not apologizing)When Donald Trump was running for President, he was asked about his history of using nasty words to describe women..Every time Trump is attacked, he stands his ground and strikes back.Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does the same..In Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, we see the same rhetorical style as FDR and the same posturing that Donald Trump described in the Art of the Deal.ConclusionAlthough Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donald Trump exist on opposite sides of the political spectrum, their styles are eerily similar..If Trump’s success is anything to go by, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s political opponents should be very worried come 2024.Bonus — Twitter time useFor fun I decided to compare the hours that Trump and Ocasio-Cortez send their tweets..It looks like AOC peaks a little later in the day (around 5pm) where Trump does around 3pm.. More details

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