Twenty-eight-year-old Latina socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took down 10-term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley by a 15-point margin in New York’s 14th congressional district on Tuesday night, and is now on her way to becoming the youngest woman in Congress. The win is all anyone is talking about.
Ocasio-Cortez, who, according to the Atlantic, was bartending and waiting tables in Manhattan to support her family less than a year ago, unseated the potential speaker of the House and has quickly become a political favorite in Hollywood, gathering endorsements from the likes of Ava DuVernay to the New York-centric comedy “Broad City.”
When DuVernay took to Twitter Wednesday morning to condemn President Donald Trump for his most recent attack on Congresswoman Maxine Waters, she threw in a compliment to Ocasio-Cortez/warning to POTUS.
“Ignore the women of color replacing the old guard at your own peril,” the Oscar-nominated director tweeted. “Three words: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
On the same day she scored her surprise win, the Bronx-born member of the Democratic Socialists of America earned her endorsement from Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson’s Comedy Central series, retweeting their support with the message, “Ocasio2018 is Broad City official! Raking in endorsements till the last dang minute.”
She even caught the eye of former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson who tweeted, “Kind of pisses me off that
@nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign. Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump’s win coming in 2016.”
The win was truly an upset, as Crowley hadn’t been challenged by a member of the Democratic party since 2004.
See DuVernay and “Broad City”s endorsements for Ocasio-Cortez below.
Ignore the women of color replacing the old guard at your own peril. Three words: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. https://t.co/yoXFNb4Zm9
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 27, 2018
Ocasio2018 is Broad City official! ????????????
Raking in endorsements till the last dang minute ???? https://t.co/H1XhBKYCQQ
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) June 26, 2018
Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign. Missing her rise akin to not seeing Trump's win coming in 2016.
— Jill Abramson (@JillAbramson) June 27, 2018