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The best Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing memes – ranked

Because a politician who acts like a human is depressingly rare

Last week, Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in as the youngest ever congresswoman in US history. In response, someone on the right leaked a video of her dancing on a roof while she was in college, in a vain attempt to humiliate her.

“Here is America’s favourite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” the original caption read from the now-deleted account. The full clip shows the politician dancing alongside her Boston University classmates to Phoenix “Lisztomania”, a lá this iconic Breakfast Club scene.

Despite the poster’s intentions, the video actually just made Ocasio-Cortez look way more human than the average Washington droid. And now the clip of her twirling, smiling and just generally enjoying life has become a meme, and has been set to a classic set of songs. There’s now even an entire Twitter feed devoted to the mash-ups called AOC Dances To Every Song.

Below, we’ve listed our favourites of the “commie know-it-all” clips, using a right-to-left ranking scale, in a vague attempt at making sense of what politics even means anymore. 

BRITNEY SPEARS – “TOXIC”

Great song, loved by all. When Britney sang this tune, she told MTV that it was about one girl’s hopeless addiction to a man “she’ll do anything to get”. She sings that “there’s no escape” from unhealthy environment created by this man’s influence – which TBH sounds a lot like the relationship between Trump and white nationalists.

Rank: Alt-right

BEYONCÉ – “SINGLE LADIES”

An anthem for independent women everywhere, this song beautifully illustrates Ocasio-Cortez’s carefreeness, but in terms of its lyrical content, the song praises individualism in a similar style to the ideologies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Rank: Thatcherism

THE JACKSON 5 – “I WANT YOU BACK”

This happy-go-lucky classic is a feel-good anthem. It also sums up many people’s sentiments about former US President Obama. 

Rank: Neo-liberalism

PULP – “COMMON PEOPLE”

This tale of a well-to-do girl wanting to blend in in a working-class environment is emblematic of basically every woke arty kid gentrifying cheap neighbourhoods to have a proximity to struggle while also praying the local businesses are turned into brunch spots sometime soon.

Rank: Champagne socialist

CHINA’S NATIONAL ANTHEM

This one takes little explanation. As the national anthem for the People’s Republic of China, this is clearly the most commie of the lot.

Rank: Full-on communism

Since you’ve read this far, you might as well watch this bonus clip that illustrates why this 29-year-old is a rising star in American politics. She perfectly deconstructs how President Donald Trump is a “symptom of racism”. It’s not a catchy meme, but it’s an apt analysis of modern American life. Watch the clip below.