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Eagle Exclusive: Meet the Twitter user behind viral Ocasio-Cortez dance account

January 4, 2019 By Christina Carrega Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Valentina is the creator of @aoc_dances, the Twitter account dedicated to clips of U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing to myriad songs that is quickly going viral. Photo courtesy of Valentina @leftistthot420

A now-defunct anonymous Twitter account’s attempt to smear U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a video that shows her dancing on a rooftop with her college friends has inspired an Arizona teenager to create her own account dedicated to the newly sworn-in Democrat.

“I went to bed with 2,500 followers, woke up at 6 to 8,300 followers, and now I have over 9,300,” said Valentina, the woman behind @aoc_dances, the viral Twitter account dedicated to dubbing over clips of the congresswoman dancing with a seemingly endless playlist of songs.

As of the time this article was published, that number had risen to 13,500 — and rapidly growing.

Valentina told the Eagle that she saw a tweet on Thursday linking to a video of Ocasio-Cortez as a college student at Boston University, performing The Breakfast Club dance scene choreography to the 2009 Phoenix song “Lisztomania.” The text accompanying the video called the Democrat a “know-it-all” and a “clueless nitwit.”

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“If the worst thing you can pull out on a candidate is that she’s a dancer — over the Republicans, who are accused of sexual harassment, racism and promoting policies that kill people — then her dancing… it’s not bad,” Valentina told the Eagle in a phone interview.

The username of the now-disappeared Twitter account that posted the original video on Thursday, @AnonoymousQ1776, suggests a connection to the far-right conspiracy theory group QAnon.

In response to the original insulting tweet, Ocasio-Cortez posted an 11-second video of herself dancing outside her new office in Washington, D.C., on Friday.


Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is the youngest woman elected to serve in Congress and represents portions of the Bronx and Queens.

“I kept close tabs on her campaign, and if I lived in New York I would have campaigned for her. I’d definitely knock on doors for a Democratic Socialist,” said Valentina.

AP Photo/Susan Walsh
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

 

Far away from Ocasio-Cortez’s district, Valentina took the opportunity to show her support for the congresswoman by turning the bad joke into an appreciative one: @aoc_dances.

So far, Valentina has created 30-second videos of Ocasio-Cortez dancing to songs like ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” Lorde’s “Green Light” and M.I.A’s “Paper Planes,” as well as a special dedication to this newspaper: Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like An Eagle.”

The requests from her followers keep rolling in.

Request for comment from Ocasio-Cortez was not immediately received.


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  1. Katie Smith

    Here’s hoping that Occasional- Cortex’s idea of 70% tax rate is applied to those in her district only. Also, that her district is required to comply with her Green initiative. After she forces that to happen, let’s see how well that works and we go from there.