In Front Of Predominantly Black Crowd, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dons A New Accent

Is this AOC's Hillary Clinton Selma, Alabama moment?

  • Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a speech at Reverend Al Sharpton’s NAN conference.
  • She spoke in a different dialect which set Twitter abuzz questioning the authenticity of her accent.
  • Ryan Saavedra was one of the first tweeting out the change in dialect; Ocasio-Cortez would later block him.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke at the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Conference on Friday. Controversy arose after video was released on the internet showing AOC speaking in a dialect markedly different than her standard speaking tone.

Several people on Twitter chimed in with anger at what looks like AOC condescending to African Americans.

Benny Johnson from @TPUSA draws the comparison of AOC to Hillary Clinton speech from 2007 when she was running for president against Barack Obama. She spoke in Selma, Alabama and used a southern accent that appeared forced and inauthentic.

It appears Ocasio-Cortez felt the rebukes, since she addressed it personally on Twitter. Ryan Saavedra posted videos of her speech at the Women’s March and her Kavanaugh speech which were distinctly different from the speech she gave at Sharpton’s NAN Conference, but AOC claims they are all the same.

Shortly after Ryan’s thread posting these comparison videos, AOC blocked Saavedra on Twitter.

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Yvonne Burton