New York Times opinion columnist David Brooks sparked with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., with his latest column that the political spectrum on both sides of the aisle is shifting away from populism, including that of the liberal legislature.
Ocasio-Cortez took on Brooks on Twitter after delivering a derogatory description of her progressive idea, the Green New Deal, suggesting her brand of left-wing populism along with former President Donald Trump’s MAGA movement on the advance is.
She slammed him for banging on the legislation and portraying her as a political figure comparable to Trump. She suggested that Brooks had absolutely no idea what her proposed legislation was.
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Brooks’ Thursday column, titled “The Fever Is Breaking,” was a reflection on the recent shift in political dynamics, as evidenced by the recent midterm turnout. In it, Brooks noted that “performative populism has begun to ebb.”
He wrote: “The 2022 election marked the moment when America began to emerge from performative populism. Although the results are partial and Trump acolytes could still help Republicans control Congress, we saw the emergence of an anti-Trump majority in this election. “
Brooks cited a national exit poll that claimed, “Nearly 60 percent of voters said they had unfavorable opinions of Trump.” Get away with establishment politics.
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However, Trump was not the only one who stands for “performative populism” in Brooks’ assessment. AOC does that too. He wrote: “The left had its own smaller version of performative populism. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a major political figure thanks to her important contributions to Instagram.”
Dismissive of her legislative work, Brooks added: “The Green New Deal was not a legislative package, but a media concoction of cotton candy.”
He also slammed other far-left ideas embraced by her and other Democrats, writing, “Slogans like ‘Get rid of ICE’ and ‘Defund the Police’ weren’t practical politics, just cool catchphrases to put on billboards .”
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The New York congresswoman was offended by this portrayal of her politics. Slamming Brooks on Twitter on Saturday, she wrote, “Perhaps David Brooks should actually read the legislation he is insulting before calling it ‘cotton candy.'”
She defended the Green New Deal, adding, “The Green New Deal has been carefully narrowed down along with a coalition of scientists, academics, frontline communities and more.” She then balked at the notion that she is as far left as Trump is far right , declaring, “He wants me to be Trump, but I’m not.”