Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the "Squad" and Democrat from New York, faced severe criticism online and was labeled a "complete fake" after her well-known "accent" video resurfaced.
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez received backlash for allegedly using an "accent" during her speech at the National Action Network convention, hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton.
As a response to critics who attempted to delegitimize her as a lawmaker due to her past work experience as a bartender, the congresswoman who identifies as a Democratic socialist spoke out against them.
On Tuesday, a Twitter account named "End Wokeness" shared a video of the congresswoman's past speech that went viral on the internet. The clip was juxtaposed with a recent video of her where she did not use the accent while talking about former President Donald Trump.
The Twitter account, End Wokeness, criticized Ocasio-Cortez and labeled her as a "total fraud." They also highlighted the difference in her accent in the two videos - before and after.
"When Donald Trump tapped into this idea of Make America Great Again, there was times of economic opportunity," Ocasio-Cortez said in a recent video. "Wages rose until the 1970s."
"I'm proud to be a bartender. Ain't nothing wrong with that," Ocasio-Cortez said in 2019. "There's nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work. There is nothing wrong with being a working person in the United States of America and there is everything dignified about it."
AOC continued to say she is "encouraged" when someone points out her past as a bartender because it shows if she can "work in a restaurant and become a member of the United States Congress, so can you."
AOC is a total fraud. This is her accent before and after: pic.twitter.com/d2BKs3RAmx
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) April 11, 2023
Former GOP congressional candidate, Kimberly Klacik, responded to the video along with other users, and made a quip, "Was this an SNL skit, [Ocasio-Cortez]?"
— Kimberly Klacik (@kimKBaltimore) April 12, 2023
In response to the backlash against her speech, Ocasio-Cortez defended herself on Twitter by mentioning her upbringing in the Bronx and explaining that she tends to speak differently when she is passionate or "fired up."
This is often referred to as "code-switching."
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