Tired of Being Dismissed, AOC Says She’s Won a Science Competition

Tired of being dismissed and portrayed as an unqualified bartender, freshman rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on a tweet storm over her qualifications.

Among her claims were that she “won” an international science competition.

AOC wrote:

As always, I‘m proud of my work in restaurants.

I also worked for Sen. Ted Kennedy, piloted literacy projects in the South Bronx, studied Development Economics in W Africa, served as an Educational Director & won international science competitions before I ran for office, too.

Working people that GOP dismiss as “just a waitress/cook/etc” contain multitudes, & are just as capable & intelligent as anyone.

Classism – judging someone’s character by their income – is disappointing to see from them.

What is so appalling to GOP about having an honest job?

Some of the most nuanced, intelligent, & grounded people I‘ve ever met weren’t at BU, MIT or Harvard events when I was a student.

They were the plumbers & waitresses I hung out with at happy hour, who had ferocious intellectual curiosity *and* a lived context of the real world.

In other words, Republicans who criticize my being a waitress as evidence of lacking skill can take their classism to the trash.

You are insulting the capacities and potential of virtually every working person in America (&the) for having experience that’s earned, not bought.

(And that’s if they even take out their own trash, which I doubt)

Ocasio Cortez did indeed get an award for a science competition as pointed out by Justin Benavidez, though apparently it was 2nd place.

It’s unclear if AOC was the winner of another competition.