Palin — or, rather, the social media brand Palin most manifests as, after careers as governor of Alaska, Republican vice-presidential candidate, and reality-TV star — was making fun of an interview clip with Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress this month.
Belittling the far-left, 29-year-old congresswoman-elect has lately become something of a popular sport on the right-wing Internet. In an online video interview, she had spoken of Democratic efforts to win all “three chambers of Congress” in 2020 — then immediately corrected herself to say, “all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate and the House,” which was still not quite right.
“YIKES,” wrote Palin, or whoever controls her social media accounts, and almost instantly earned herself a pretty bad 2-to-1 Twitter ratio.
If it’s not immediately clear why, it’s easy to demonstrate:
For every @JacynthiaWood who liked the tweet and joined Palin’s mockery (“she obviously failed #civics101”), there was a @JamesPMorrison and a @tyler_westrich — both of whom reminded Palin that on the campaign trail in 2008, she once inaccurately told a child that the vice president is “in charge of the United States Senate” and then years later spoke of an imaginary Department of Law at the White House.
For every approving retweet from a @PerryHammons and an @AngieMardesich, who told Ocasio-Cortez, “your not smart enough to answer our questions,” there was (clears throat):
A LaurieNunyaBznass, who recalled that Palin used the nonexistent word “refudiate” so often that the Oxford American Dictionary finally gave in and added it; a @lisaandwyatt, who remembered when Palin mangled the famous history of Paul Revere into a bizarre fable in which the Revolutionary War hero “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms, by ringing those bells and making sure as he was riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free;” the comedian Dana Goldberg, whose reply earned more likes than Palin’s original tweet by pointing out she once claimed the Soviet Union collapsed because of 1950s-era space program debt; and @blumspew, who asked Palin, “Can you still see Russia from your house?” referring to a “Saturday Night Live” parody of her first national interview in 2008, when ABC News host Charlie Gibson asked about her foreign policy insights, and she replied: “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska!”
7. Does not write notes on hands 8. The Founding Fathers Said the Pledge of Allegiance 9. Does not think Afghanistan is a neighboring country of the US 10. Does not think drinking Diet Dr. Pepper is the Ice Bucket Challenge 11. Is relevant