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-CortezClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling 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 TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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.


"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) GaetzGaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' Florida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (Fla.), an ardent Trump supporter, told Politico.

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