January 29, 2019
It has become the conventional wisdom that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has become a rising star in part by copying the tactics of President Trump. But there can be only one. Ocasio-Cortez is not Trump, and she is only beginning to learn her Trumpian tactics pose significant risks to her personal and ideological ambitions.
Both Trump and Ocasio-Cortez are partly creatures of the media, but the differences between them are considerable. Trump spent decades building his public profile. Trump descended a golden escalator into the Republican primaries having reached tens of millions on NBC’s “The Apprentice” and between two and three million followers on Twitter.
The establishment media covered Trump far in excess of the typical frontrunner because he was too big to ignore, someone who draws eyes, ears and clicks in mass quantities––and they thought he would lose. Trump won, so he cannot be ignored, and the dysfunctional but profitable co-dependency between him and the media continues.
In contrast, Ocasio-Cortez had little to no mass media coverage before her surprise primary win over Rep. Joe Crowley. She has only the social media following––impressive for a politician, but overrated by journalists who spend to much time on social media themselves, especially Twitter. When Trump had a few million Twitter followers, the vast majority of Americans learned about his tweets through the media.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 8:24 am