Haters messed up the mood.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29-year-old representative-elect of New York’s 14th Congressional District, has received criticism for her choice to express herself through rap lyrics. The politician, who based part of her campaign on the fact that she grew up within a struggling community, called upon Cardi B's "Best Life" to express how she will continue to represent the people as she enters Congress.
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Her tweet included the part of the song that deals with authenticity: "Never did I switch, story stayed the same/I did this on my own, I made this a lane."
Ocasio-Cortez had previously given details about her upbringing and the challenges she has overcome. She claims to have leveraged this difficult situation, fashioning her experiences into the kind of skills that could help her community now that she is in a position of political power.
My dad died when I was 18, my mom scrubbed toilets + drove drove schoolbuses, I bartended to help her, and still won a Congressional primary at 28. I’ll take my family over a fat bank account any day, and my experience makes me a better legislator.
Despite the positive message, many social media took offense and were quick to criticize her use of rhythm and poetry as a form of communication. One of them commented on her responsibilities: "You have a civic duty to write intelligibly. You are a Congress person serving the United States of America. You are not just speaking for yourself, you are speaking for Americans. Have an assistent re-read, if necessary."