Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, reacted to a “leaked” video, which showed her dancing on a roof in 2010 while attending Boston University, on Friday.
In response to trolls online, Ocasio-Cortez posted another video, in which she danced to “War (What Is It Good For?” by Edwin Starr.
“If Republicans thought women dancing in college is scandalous,” the newly elected congresswoman captioned the video. “Wait till they find out women dance in Congress, too!”
The original video was shared by a Twitter user attempting to shame the 29-year-old. “Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” the anonymous user tweeted.
In the 2010 clip, Ocasio-Cortez and her classmates recreated the iconic dance scene from the 1985 cult classic film, The Breakfast Club. The lighthearted moment sparked a debate online.
Although there was some backlash, several people applauded the congresswoman for her fun personality including movie stars Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.
“That’s it, Alexandria, you’re in the club!” Ringwald tweeted. Sheedy retweeted the message adding the raised hands emoji.
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) January 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest woman to be elected to Congress and was officially sworn in as a member of the 116th Congress on Thursday.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.