The ever-amusing, ceaselessly-idiotic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) responded to an African-American U.S. Army veteran’s Congressional testimony about how he overcame poverty via hard work by trashing him and denying that this is possible. At the end of the hearing, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez apparently alluded to the veteran’s testimony when she stated: “You know this idea of a bootstrap and this metaphor of a bootstrap started off as a joke? Because it’s a physical impossibility to lift yourself up by a bootstrap, by your shoelaces.” (After doing a little research online, I believe AOC stumbled into this inanity while perusing an article in a Teen Vogue magazine, though I’m not sure she can read at that level.)
Rob Smith, the veteran who had the temerity to testify that hard work can lead to success, shared a clip on Twitter of Ocasio-Cortez’ comments the next day and noted that progressives “only want to hear from black victims, not victors.” Perfectly stated Mr. Smith.
I’m guessing AOC went on to say, “There are so many false and hurtful phrases, metaphors, idiots, and figurines of speech out there that need to be, like, debunked and called out as the white, patriarchal lies they are. I mean, like, just think of ‘Keep your nose to the grindstone and your shoulder to the wheel,’ for example. How stupid is that? And what even is a grindstone? Or, like, how about ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ How can an apple keep a doctor away from you? Are you supposed to throw it at her or him or they? And, like, the dumbest is: ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’ How are you supposed to get the laughter into a pill or even a time-release capsule? That’s just a joke!”
Indeed it is, AOC. Indeed it is. And it’s on you.