As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was sworn in to Congress on Thursday, apparently intending to smear the young Democrat was widely shared on Twitter. Butts to bash the freshman congresswoman backfired after the clip, which shows in college-aged Ocasio-Cortez dancing gleefully, went viral.
The video originated from a right-wing Twitter account that was trying to peddle an allegedly scandalous video of Ocasio-Cortez dancing. It was watermarked as a LiveLeak video purportedly filmed while the congresswoman was in "high school."
"Here is America's favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is," tweeted AnonymousQ1776, an account with apparent ties to QAnon conspiracy theorists. "High School video of 'Sandy' Ocasio-Cortez."
Ocasio-Cortez was a student at the University of Boston – not while she was in high school, as the original poster suggested.
It was filmed for the University's Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, Eric Calvin Baker, at the 2013 Boston University who helped make the video, told HuffPost.
Baker, who is currently in graduate school at Syracuse University, said he was in October 2010. "Ocasio-Cortez may have been" 20 or 21, "he said.
"We were student ambassadors at the Howard Thurman Center, and Sandy [Ocasio-Cortez’ nickname] He was like the face of the center, "Baker said. "I know Julian Jensen [also in the video] and I cast her and our other friends. "
This video is at "Lisztomania" Brat Pack Mashup, a homage to an earlier video that mashed up the 2009 song by the band Phoenix with the dance scene from the 1985 classic cult "The Breakfast Club." Phoenix played a show in Boston later that semester.
In 2010, the then-assistant director of the center told the university's media website, BU Today, that the video showcased the "vibrancy and spirit of our community."
Seem to be short of endearing and relatable, rather than controversial.
Baker did not seem surprised at the video going viral, given the recent rise on average attention following Ocasio-Cortez's victory.
"I realized when she [Ocasio-Cortez] was running [for Congress] that this video may pop up, "Baker said. "I use it for my portfolio still … but I have a commentary on people who are really just a dance party on a roof."
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However, Ally Sheedy, who was in the original "Breakfast Club," weighed in on the congresswoman's performance.
"I LOVE THIS," she tweeted Thursday night.
This story has been updated with a tweet from Ally Sheedy.