NYT columnist David Brooks triggers ‘performative’ AOC and her ‘cotton candy’ Green New Deal

NYT columnist David Brooks triggers 'performative' AOC and her 'cotton candy' Green New Deal

New York Times columnist David Brooks savaged “performative” progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in an op-ed — blasting her Green New Deal as a “cotton candy media concoction.”

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became a major political figure thanks to her important contributions to Instagram,” Brooks wrote in the Thursday opinion piece, which argues that society is leaning away from political extremes and populism on both sides of the aisle.

“The Green New Deal was not a legislative package but a cotton candy media concoction. Slogans like ‘Abolish ICE’ and ‘Defund the police’ were not practical policies, just cool catchphrases to put on posters,” the columnist contined, characterizing the squad member as the left’s Donald Trump.

The Democrat firebrand fired back on Twitter Saturday.

“Perhaps David Brooks should actually read the legislation he’s insulting before referring to it as ‘cotton candy,’” AOC wrote.

“The Green New Deal was thoughtfully constricted alongside a coalition of scientists, academics, frontline communities, & more. He wants me to be Trump, but I’m not,” she continued. 

A photo of David Brooks speaking on a panel.
David Brooks compared AOC and former President Trump in a column for the New York Times.

Brooks didn’t respond to the lawmakers tweet, which racked up more than 12,000 likes by Sunday afternoon.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez recently spoke on this issue in an interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace, rejecting a comparison between the “far-left” and “far-right.”

“I do not believe that I am as extreme in the way that Marjorie Taylor Greene on the Republican side is extreme.”

“The idea that there is an equating of…someone who believes in guaranteed universal health care in the United States with someone who believes that undocumented people should incur physical harm are somehow in the same level of extreme is something that I would object to.”

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