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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 17 February 2019

How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beats Trump at his Twitter game

The American congresswoman has become the unofficial queen of social media

Democratic congresswoman from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could school President Donald Trump on how to use Twitter. EPA
Democratic congresswoman from New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could school President Donald Trump on how to use Twitter. EPA

In the four months since she became the youngest woman ever elected to the US Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has won over many hearts with her approach to social media.

Within eight months, she's gained more than 2.6 million followers on Twitter alone. And while President Trump has 58.2 million followers, Ocasio-Cortez has a much higher engagement. Her 2.8 per cent overshadows Trump's meagre 0.2 per cent (the same as Hillary Clinton, incidentally), The Guardian reports.

In fact, she's seen a 600 per cent increase in Twitter followers since June 2018.

Why? Because she speaks the language of this generation. And that is very, very rare.

Tweets we love

We're not just talking emojis, either. She taps into all the big topics, from climate change to women's rights and gun control.

She pokes fun at Congress and Fox News, calls out Republicans.

And she uses phrases like "slaying lewks".

The fact that she's from a working-class background and grafted as a waitress also makes people warm to her.

And while she's clearly all for equal rights for women, and unafraid to stand up to her male counterparts (as clearly seen in the below Tweet), she's also happy to talk about more frivolous topics, such as her skincare routine, which she shared in extensive detail with her 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

She's also a whizz at working the emojis, knowing exactly when they are appropriate to use.

Trump, take note, because Ocasio-Cortez is relatable, hard-working, hilarious and, more importantly, she's got all the millennials on side. Respect the hustle.

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Updated: February 13, 2019 04:18 PM

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