Top conservatives offer praise for Ocasio-Cortez

Top conservatives offer praise for Ocasio-Cortez
© Greg Nash

A number of conservative lawmakers and prominent figures have come out against freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE’s (N.Y.) policies and principles, but seem to agree that the 29-year-old Bronx native has political savvy.

"AOC has what I call 'gameness' or competitive heart — the combination of grit, determination, fighting spirit that you can't coach,” Stephen Bannon, President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE’s former chief strategist, told Politico in an interview released early Wednesday.

“You either have it or you don't, and she has it big league,” he continued.

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"I think her policies and everything are a disaster but I just look at her effectiveness,” conservative activist Mike Cernovich told the news outlet. “No one's more effective than her right now."

Though many of those who spoke to the publication oppose many of Ocasio-Cortez’s policies, the Democratic lawmaker’s sharp tongue and powerful command of social media has had Republicans drawing comparisons between her and Trump in recent weeks.

In an interview with The Hill earlier this month, however, Ocasio-Cortez called that comparison “unoriginal” and said that while she and Trump are both “popular on Twitter” and “plain spoken, that’s it.”

"Aside from that, I think it’s an irresponsible comparison given the fact that he’s actively trying to assert mythology and hurt immigrants, and we’re trying to advance a progressive agenda, single-payer health care and a living wage,” she continued.

But that hasn't stopped Trump-aligned Republicans from admiring her.

“I aspire to be the conservative AOC,” Republican Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGOP Mueller critic says Flynn contacted him during special counsel probe: report 2020 Dem Seth Moulton calls for expanding cannabis access for veterans Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (Fla.), an ardent Trump supporter, told Politico.

The only problem, Gaetz says, is that he “can’t dance for shit.”