House Republicans Groan After Ocasio-Cortez Votes For Nancy Pelosi Because Of Course

Is there anything AOC can do that won't trigger folks on the right?

As expected, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House when the new 116th United States Congress was sworn in on Thursday. And though it was already known going in that a prominent freshman member planned to vote for the Democratic leader, it still caused audible groans from those on the right when she called out Pelosi during the floor vote.

Since she became a progressive superstar following her shocking defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary last summer, conservatives and Republicans have been absolutely obsessed with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Nary a day has gone by in the past few months when right-wing media hasn’t generated some level of outrage-bait over AOC, ranging from claims that she misrepresented her working-class background to finger-pointing over minor gaffes to creepshots of her behind while she walks away.

And that hasn’t slowed down as she approached her swearing-in. Just in the past 24 hours, the 29-year-old Democratic Socialist has been the target of a couple of brain-dead hit pieces. There was Jim ‘The Dumbest Man on the Internet’ Hoft’s “Exclusive” about AOC’s high school nickname. And there was the video of a young Ocasio-Cortez dancing in college. Both of these attempts to own the congresswoman were met with widespread mockery, as many of the right’s efforts have been over the past six months.

So with that all established, it was unsurprising that House Republicans, many of whom subsist on a daily diet of Fox News, The Daily Caller and Breitbart, just couldn’t help themselves when Ocasio-Cortez offered up her vote today. While a few of them audibly groaned when she said Pelosi’s name, other Democrats laughed and cheered.

Journalist Soledad O’Brien noted after the vote that Ocasio-Cortez’s “very existence” gives Republicans “agita.”

Watch the clip above, via C-SPAN.

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Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.

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