A video posted in an attempt to smear Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was being widely shared on Twitter on Thursday, but by Friday it had become a well-established meme with a sizable Twitter account of its own.
The clip is set to Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” and features a college-age Ocasio-Cortez dancing gleefully. It’s a downright happy video. Despite that, the clip was initially disseminated by a right-wing Twitter account in an effort to convince the public it was scandalous. The account, AnonymousQ1776, also incorrectly said Ocasio-Cortez, now 29, was in high school when it was shot.
“Here is America’s favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is,” tweeted the account apparently linked to QAnon conspiracy theorists. “High School video of ‘Sandy’ Ocasio-Cortez.”