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AOC steps away from Twitter over ‘negativity,’ vows return

If you’ll be able to’t stand the warmth, delete the app.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated Monday night time she would take a break from Twitter, citing anxiousness attributable to damaging feedback on the platform. 

The “Squad” member made the announcement in response to an Instagram consumer who identified that Ocasio-Cortez had not posted something on both her personal or official Twitter web page since final week.

“When will you come back to twitter?? You’re missed,” the consumer wrote AOC on the lawmaker’s Instagram Story.

“That’s so funny you bring that up,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Yeah, when I got COVID, I turned off all my devices, which means I wasn’t really on social media that much or anything like that.”

She then revealed that when she logged again on, Twitter would make her really feel unwell. 

“So I mean, literally, I would go to open the app and I almost felt like, anxious,” Ocasio-Cortez defined. “People kind of fight and gossip and all this other stuff so much, but — and there’s a lot of negative, negativity on there — but I’ll be back. Don’t worry.” 

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez confirmed to her supporters on Monday night time that she’s taking a break from Twitter.
Instagram / @aoc

Ocasio-Cortez has not posted a tweet of her personal to her personal account since Jan. 12. The final submit from her official account was a commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day final week.

The far-left lawmaker examined optimistic for the coronavirus final month, only one week after she was noticed vacationing in Florida — the place she was noticed with out a face masking a number of occasions.

Social media breaks are recommended by psychological well being consultants as constant content consumption performs a big position in on a regular basis life — and Ocasio-Cortez has taken them earlier than. 

In April 2019, the congresswoman “unplugged” for a number of days to go to her household in Puerto Rico. 

AOC stated she is staying away from Twitter because of the quantity of “negativity” on the platform.
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Immediately after, she took the chance to name out then-President Donald Trump after he agreed together with her claims that the Department of Veteran Affairs “isn’t broken.” 

“Just got back from a few (mostly) unplugged days visiting my abuela in PR, and I see the President is tweeting about me,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “Just another day at the office!”

“I rep one of the strongest concentrations of veterans in NYC,” she continued. “The Bronx VA provides excellent care and community for our vets, who sing its praises. The way to improve VA care & reduce wait times (which can be shorter than priv care!) is by fully funding it — not privatizing it.”

Since being elected to the House of Representatives in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez has by no means shied away from talking her opinion on social media — many occasions to critique those that disagree together with her. 

Last January, the progressive lawmaker accused Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) of practically having her “murdered” through the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot. 

“I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out,” she wrote to Cruz after he provided her an olive department over considerations about stock commerce restrictions on Robinhood. “Happy to work w/ almost any other GOP that aren’t trying to get me killed. In the meantime if you want to help, you can resign.”

The tweet drew backlash from different Republican colleagues, who demanded Ocasio-Cortez apologize. She pointedly declined to take action when requested by The Post.  

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez stated the negativity on Twitter was inflicting her to really feel anxious.
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In November of final year, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted criticism of veteran political strategist James Carville for blaming the Democratic loss within the Virginia gubernatorial election on progressives’ “stupid wokeness.”

“Like the average audience for people seriously using the word ​’​woke​’​ in a 2021 political discussion are James Carville and Fox News pundits so that should tell you all you need to know​,” she wrote, including: “​And earlier than individuals disingenuously complain ‘woke’ is denigrating to older individuals, it’s truly pundits like Carville utilizing phrases like ‘woke’ to insult voters below 45 that’s denigrating.

“​Don’t wonder why youth turnout falls when Dems talk about them like this,” she added. “We need everyone​.” 

In August 2019, Ocasio-Cortez took a keyboard swing at then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after an image of a group of young men carrying “Team Mitch” shirts groping and choking a cutout of her unfold on-line.

“’Boys will be boys.’ Is that also the reason why you’ve chosen to block the Violence Against Women act too, @senatemajldr? It prevents dating partners w/ records of abuse + stalking women (also an early warning sign from many mass shooters) from obtaining a gun,” she tweeted.

AOC has additionally used Twitter to assault state leaders, comparable to Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. 

“Hasn’t Gov. DeSantis been inexplicably missing for like 2 weeks?” she tweeted after phrase of her Florida trip circulated in late December. “If he’s around, I would be happy to say hello. His social media team seems to have been posting old photos for weeks. In the meantime, perhaps I could help with local organizing. Folks are quite receptive here :)”

It was later revealed that DeSantis was taking time away from the general public eye to look after his spouse. 

AOC has vowed to return to Twitter finally.
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In September of final year, she slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over the Lone Star State’s controversial abortion regulation.

“Sad that in 2021 I have to explain to a GOP Governor that: 1. “6 weeks pregnant” = 2 weeks late on your interval 2. Periods are late on a regular basis from stress, food plan, and so on. 3. Most individuals know their rapists,” she wrote. “But GOP want to have more control over your body than you do, so here we are.”

As a public determine, the congresswoman is liable to blowback from her tweets and has publicly admitted to blocking sure customers for extreme harassment. 

In 2019, she revealed she had blocked fewer than 20 customers on the time and it was “for harassment, not for political views.”

“While people have a right to say whatever they want, they do not have a right to force me to hear it,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “But free speech isn’t an entitlement to force someone to endure your harassment.”