Ringwald, who played popular rich girl Claire Standish in the film about a mismatched motley group of high-schoolers who bond during weekend detention, tweeted late Thursday, replying to a thread juxtaposing the movie’s dance sequence with that of Ocasio-Cortez. “That’s it, Alexandria you’re in the club!” she wrote, tagging co-star Ally Sheedy and adding the hashtags
#AlexandriaOcasioCortez and #DemsTakeTheHouse.
Ringwald’s invitation was quickly affirmed by Sheedy, whose arm-swirling, knee-crashing moves Ocasio-Cortez aped in the video clip. She responded with a high-five emoji.
The video, which was filmed while Ocasio-Cortez was a Boston University student, was circulated on Thursday in what seemed like an attempt to undermine the freshman, whose socialist politics, brash style and social-media savvy have made her both a star and a target.
Instead, the video appeared to only make the young congresswoman more appealing.
Ocasio-Cortez used the reaction to the video to poke her critics, posting a video of herself dancing in from of her new congressional office. “I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous," she wrote. "Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone :)”
This post has been updated.