Kamala Harris defends Ocasio-Cortez video: 'I'm for more dancing in politics'

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisFive former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Harris: Integrity of US justice system 'took a real blow' with Barr's actions Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina MORE (D-Calif.) defended newly minted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib rallies in support of Green New Deal at Detroit town hall Ocasio-Cortez plans visit to Kentucky despite being disinvited by GOP colleague Overnight Energy: Flint residents can sue EPA over water crisis | Environmentalists see victory with Green New Deal blitz | March global temperatures were second hottest on record | EPA told to make final decision on controversial pesticide MORE (D-N.Y.) after a video of the congresswoman dancing in college went viral in an attempted smear against her.

“Just to go on record. I’m for *more* dancing in politics not less,” Harris said in a tweet Friday. The tweet also featured a GIF of the senator dancing in her seat alongside rapper Common. 

Her tweet came hours after Ocasio-Cortez touted her dancing skills while brushing off a recently surfaced video that backfired as an attempted attack against her. 

"It is not normal for elected officials to have a reputation for dancing well and I'm happy to be one," Ocasio-Cortez told The Hill earlier on Friday.


“I think it is just funny what is considered to be disqualifying. It is unsurprising to me that Republicans would think having fun should be disqualifying or illegal," she continued.

The edited clip from eight years ago showed then-college student Ocasio-Cortez dancing with friends in a short video, which was filmed at Boston University, where she graduated from in 2011 with a degree in economics and international relations.

The video had resurfaced earlier this week in a tweet from the account @AnonymousQ1776, which has since been deleted, along with the caption: "Here is America's favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is.” 

The clip instead prompted a fierce defense of her moves online. 

Fellow freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also posted a tweet supporting Ocasio-Cortez earlier on Friday.

"If we can't dance it's not our revolution," Omar said in the tweet.