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MiniAOCLeftist thugs bullied and threatened the life of an 8-year-old girl for daring to parody, to expose to laughter, their leader AOC. The leftists, who have so far faced no criminal or even social media company sanction, have proven, once again, that totalitarians cannot tolerate laughter at them or their ideas. Yet, if AOC could only chill out and seize the obvious pop-culture reference, couldn’t she gain a broader and deeper cultural cool cred?

The Mini AOC social media accounts were created by a father and mother with an 8-year-old daughter who had the acting chops, the presence, to gently satirize Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They did not seek anonymity. Rather, they acted as Americans who expect to be able to poke fun at our politicians.

This went on for some months until AOC was exposed for having staged, with the full collusion of the leftist media, a fake crying session. It was fake on every level, including the location, which was a chain link fence in front of an almost empty parking lot. The left’s standard position in such cases is that it was fake but true, that political theater is “true” if it communicates the politically correct message. 

Mini AOC fundamentally disrupted this message by daring to parody AOC’s poses, “crying” in front of a fence that keeps her off a playground. This fundamentally rejects the “fake but true” claim, as the parody dares to expose AOC to laughter, to expose her pretensions, instead of granting that we must accept the political theater, however absurd, as morally serious. Here, a child gently mocks the adults claiming to weep for “the children.” 

AOC, as a humorless leftist, appears happy to benefit from her leftist social media street thugs. After all, she is all over Twitter and Instagram when she wants to be, and instantly engages with any who dare challenge her. Silence, here, is approval, as the “Mini AOC” parody videos have been deleted due to death threats, and the accounts deleted, by the little girl’s parents.

Understand, this young girl was on a path to be a minor child celebrity, like thousands of child actors over the decades. She was getting her start in short form visual and video comedy. There is no “asking for it” or “should have known better” here, unless you have signed on to the left’s absolute moral right to totalitarian control, to unchallenged supremacy in the public square.

Oh, and the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations are completely negligent here. The threats are federal crimes and the feds have the resources to find and prosecute the perpetrators. It is time for the president or the Attorney General to force the nearly-100% Democrat careerists to act against their #resistance agenda. Time to go heavy on leftist thugs and their social media company enablers, especially with such a sympathetic victim. 

If AOC was not the leftist hack that she is, she would have already flown, virtually and literally, to the defense of this little girl. In fact, she would have already arranged a live event together, on one of the late-night leftist propaganda platforms formerly known as TV talk shows. Think Mike Myers as Dr. Evil with his Mini-me, the likely source of the “Mini AOC” persona. Now think an SNL skit with the two telegenic performers, one a Congresswoman and the other a little girl dressed up like her.

This would absolutely kill in the ratings. It would draw the sting of well-deserved parodies. It would make AOC an even more formidable public force. A young politician with AOC’s physical presence and an ability to laugh at herself? That would be widely appealing and disarming. It would be Bill Clinton on steroids. So, can AOC chill out for wide and deep cultural cool cred?

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There are 28 comments.

  1. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    This is part of our July theme series, in which you are invited to tell us how to “Chill Out!” Do click the link and sign up to share your own cool post.

    I’m renewing the call for a post on cool jazz. I do hope I don’t have to go to “Ice, Ice Baby.” You know I will, if forced to it.

    • #1
    • July 6, 2019, at 5:04 PM PST
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  2. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    AOC is an actress, recruited in a casting call of thousands. The people who recruited her and who write her scripts are the ones to be concerned about. Her “Chief of Staff” with the Che tee shirt showed up, but the money is coming from somewhere else. She was lucky in being assigned a district with an old pol who ignored her. The vote was about 20% of the registered voters in the primary and smaller in the general.

    I doubt a Republican can win but she might be a bartender again in 2021.

    • #2
    • July 6, 2019, at 5:28 PM PST
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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    AOC is an actress, recruited in a casting call of thousands. The people who recruited her and who write her scripts are the ones to be concerned about. Her “Chief of Staff” with the Che tee shirt showed up, but the money is coming from somewhere else. She was lucky in being assigned a district with an old pol who ignored her. The vote was about 20% of the registered voters in the primary and smaller in the general.

    I doubt a Republican can win but she might be a bartender again in 2021.

    We got the same story about Obama. I’m not so sure. I’m not so confident that her “handlers” really have a grip. She reflects perfectly the current state of “education,” political indoctrination in our public and private schools and “woke” media.

    • #3
    • July 6, 2019, at 5:34 PM PST
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    AOC is an actress, recruited in a casting call of thousands. The people who recruited her and who write her scripts are the ones to be concerned about. Her “Chief of Staff” with the Che tee shirt showed up, but the money is coming from somewhere else. She was lucky in being assigned a district with an old pol who ignored her. The vote was about 20% of the registered voters in the primary and smaller in the general.

    I doubt a Republican can win but she might be a bartender again in 2021.

    We got the same story about Obama. I’m not so sure. I’m not so confident that her “handlers” really have a grip. She reflects perfectly the current state of “education,” political indoctrination in our public and private schools and “woke” media.

    It’s a slightly different case. The progressive moneymen believed America was too racist to elect a black man, so they supported Hillary at first. Obama had to prove himself on the national stage before they switched over.

    By contrast, in AOC’s heavily progressive district, they knew whoever the Democrats nominated would be elected.

    • #4
    • July 6, 2019, at 5:42 PM PST
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  5. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    Taras (View Comment):
    Obama had to prove himself on the national stage before they switched over.

    I am still interested in who was behind Obama. For a time I thought maybe the Saudis. He was chosen while at Occidental College, a small college I knew quite well at one time before it became a hard left academy, A friend of mine was a professor of microbiology there until the faculty detected his political sympathies and he was denied tenure. Then his wife, who was a professor of mathematics, was encouraged to stay even as he was forced to leave. They are both at another university and both content.

    Occidental was a harmless small college when I was in college many years ago but seems to have become an Oberlin of the west. Why was he selected for Columbia, then Harvard Law? Why was he made “President of the Law Review” without ever submitting a paper?

    Interesting.

    • #5
    • July 6, 2019, at 6:06 PM PST
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  6. Taras Coolidge

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):
    Obama had to prove himself on the national stage before they switched over.

    I am still interested in who was behind Obama. For a time I thought maybe the Saudis. He was chosen while at Occidental College, a small college I knew quite well at one time before it became a hard left academy, A friend of mine was a professor of microbiology there until the faculty detected his political sympathies and he was denied tenure. Then his wife, who was a professor of mathematics, was encouraged to stay even as he was forced to leave. They are both at another university and both content.

    Occidental was a harmless small college when I was in college many years ago but seems to have become an Oberlin of the west. Why was he selected for Columbia, then Harvard Law? Why was he made “President of the Law Review” without ever submitting a paper?

    Interesting.

    It would seem Affirmative Action could account for all of it.

    Though half white, and more likely the descendant of slave traders than slaves on his African side, Obama still counts as black in US government race statistics.

    • #6
    • July 6, 2019, at 6:51 PM PST
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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Taras (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):
    Obama had to prove himself on the national stage before they switched over.

    I am still interested in who was behind Obama. For a time I thought maybe the Saudis. He was chosen while at Occidental College, a small college I knew quite well at one time before it became a hard left academy, A friend of mine was a professor of microbiology there until the faculty detected his political sympathies and he was denied tenure. Then his wife, who was a professor of mathematics, was encouraged to stay even as he was forced to leave. They are both at another university and both content.

    Occidental was a harmless small college when I was in college many years ago but seems to have become an Oberlin of the west. Why was he selected for Columbia, then Harvard Law? Why was he made “President of the Law Review” without ever submitting a paper?

    Interesting.

    It would seem Affirmative Action could account for all of it.

    Though half white, and more likely the descendant of slave traders than slaves on his African side, Obama still counts as black in US government race statistics.

    More on point, the “Kenyan-born” thing seems connected originally to some early false claims to that effect. Just as no one wanted to look closely at Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry for faculty diversity bean counting, so it may have been mutually advantageous to understand Barack Obama as a Kenyan immigrant, a sort of bonus identity student admissions bean-counting. 

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    • July 7, 2019, at 1:00 AM PST
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  8. Stad Thatcher

    Clifford A. Brown: Leftist thugs bullied and threatened the life of an 8-year-old girl for daring to parody, to expose to laughter, their leader AOC. The leftists, who have so far faced no criminal or even social media company sanction, have proven, once again, that totalitarians cannot tolerate laughter at them or their ideas.

    These thugs issue death threats against 8 year-old girls because parodies and sarcasm are effective weapons against them.

    I know it’s easy for me to say, but giving in to death threats (most likely hot air) only encourages more of the same.

    And I agree about the FBI and other Federal agencies. Don’t posters to any type of social media have to have some kind of digital or even paper trail to their real life selves? A few high profile arrests, trials, and convictions should send a message to 99% of these cowards . . .

    • #8
    • July 7, 2019, at 5:45 AM PST
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  9. Kay of MT Member

    I don’t understand why they haven’t been arrested!

    • #9
    • July 7, 2019, at 6:32 AM PST
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  10. Bethany Mandel Editor

    Not in any way excusing the threats etc, but these parents never should have used their daughter as a political prop.

    • #10
    • July 7, 2019, at 6:57 AM PST
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  11. Taras Coolidge

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):
    Obama had to prove himself on the national stage before they switched over.

    I am still interested in who was behind Obama. For a time I thought maybe the Saudis. He was chosen while at Occidental College, a small college I knew quite well at one time before it became a hard left academy, A friend of mine was a professor of microbiology there until the faculty detected his political sympathies and he was denied tenure. Then his wife, who was a professor of mathematics, was encouraged to stay even as he was forced to leave. They are both at another university and both content.

    Occidental was a harmless small college when I was in college many years ago but seems to have become an Oberlin of the west. Why was he selected for Columbia, then Harvard Law? Why was he made “President of the Law Review” without ever submitting a paper?

    Interesting.

    It would seem Affirmative Action could account for all of it.

    Though half white, and more likely the descendant of slave traders than slaves on his African side, Obama still counts as black in US government race statistics.

    More on point, the “Kenyan-born” thing seems connected originally to some early false claims to that effect. Just as no one wanted to look closely at Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Native American ancestry for faculty diversity bean counting, so it may have been mutually advantageous to understand Barack Obama as a Kenyan immigrant, a sort of bonus identity student admissions bean-counting.

    The two cases are not the same. Elizabeth Warren’s misrepresenting her Native American ancestry made her more valuable, in an affirmative action sense, than what she really was, a white woman. While Obama would still be black, regardless of whatever claims he made about his background. 

    Indeed, it’s a carefully guarded embarrassment, for racial bean counters in elite institutions, that they fill their racial quotas with, say, the daughters of Argentinian cattle barons, and the sons of high government officials from Ghana; instead of the Hispanic Americans and descendants of American slaves who are supposed to be getting special treatment. 

    • #11
    • July 7, 2019, at 7:52 AM PST
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  12. Doug Watt Member

    Saving the world is a serious business. No laughter is permitted, we mock what we don’t understand. The perpetually aggrieved are well, perpetually aggrieved.

    • #12
    • July 7, 2019, at 8:32 AM PST
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  13. Taras Coolidge

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    Not in any way excusing the threats etc, but these parents never should have used their daughter as a political prop.

    (Typical squish!)

    The parents were probably naïve.

    The liberal media are constantly going on about how great it is that in this country we are all free to make fun of politicians. Of course, they never, ever explain that only applies to Republican politicians. 

    So when the parents made these videos in the style of Saturday Night Live, they had to learn about the double standard the hard way.

    • #13
    • July 7, 2019, at 8:50 AM PST
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  14. Al Sparks Thatcher

    Frankly, these days I think that allowing an 8 year old to publicly post anything on YouTube borders on parental malpractice.

    Sure, I agree that those people that issued death threats should be found and prosecuted.

    But even if the YouTube video had ended in a benign way, with the 8 year old getting mostly positive feedback, is fame really a good thing for a child?

    It seems not. I listen to former child actors, who experienced fame at an early age, and maybe one percent of them say they had a happy childhood.

    The same goes for star athletes starting out at a young age. They grow up and complain that they never had a childhood.

    The 8 year old in question will probably be forgotten in the next news cycle, but whether the result was benign or not, fame can be harmful to adults, and more harmful to kids. It’s just a matter of degree.

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    • July 7, 2019, at 8:53 AM PST
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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Remember when George HW Bush laughed at Dana Carvey’s impressions of him! Dana was so very funny, and Bush was delightful in his response. They ended up being friends, I think.

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    • July 7, 2019, at 9:03 AM PST
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  16. Barfly Member

    I still hold that the phenomenon of Obama, while not a matter of simple chance, wasn’t particularly orchestrated. It was more emergent – his grooming was largely down to individual lefties doing what they do. Out of the hundreds of thousands in the pipelines, they struck gold that time due to Obama’s particular personal qualities. His success depended on several traits, but in particular he’d not have risen had he not been intelligent.

    AOC, on the other hand, seems to be of average or slightly less intelligence. I say that implies she’s a catspaw. To understand her, one might start with Chakrabarti.

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    • July 7, 2019, at 9:34 AM PST
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  17. Stad Thatcher

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    Not in any way excusing the threats etc, but these parents never should have used their daughter as a political prop.

    True, but those days are gone. It’s up to us to be the parents who elect not to . . .

    • #17
    • July 7, 2019, at 10:36 AM PST
    • 5 likes
  18. Percival Thatcher

    Clifford A. Brown: Oh, and the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigations are completely negligent here. The threats are federal crimes and the feds have the resources to find and prosecute the perpetrators. It is time for the president or the Attorney General to force the nearly-100% Democrat careerists to act against their #resistance agenda. Time to go heavy on leftist thugs and their social media company enablers, especially with such a sympathetic victim. 

    I doubt that they would blow off a report of threats if one had been made. Suppose they do and something happens to the little girl or her family? Too much potential downside. They may be working the case the way that they are supposed to — quietly, under the radar.

    • #18
    • July 7, 2019, at 11:38 AM PST
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  19. Ansonia Member

    “The devil….the prowde spirite…..cannot endure to be mocked.”

    Thomas Moore

    • #19
    • July 7, 2019, at 11:39 AM PST
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  20. Sweezle Member

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    Not in any way excusing the threats etc, but these parents never should have used their daughter as a political prop.

    That feels very judgmental and harsh. I only saw one clip of mini-AOC and I thought she was incredibly talented. Terrific little actress and perhaps her parents were just proud of her skills? 

     

    • #20
    • July 7, 2019, at 1:31 PM PST
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  21. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    Not in any way excusing the threats etc, but these parents never should have used their daughter as a political prop.

    Got what they deserved, asking for it, should have known, what did they expect?

    Political humor, parody, is as American as apple pie and the Betsy Ross flag.

    @alsparks makes a good point about child performers and poor outcomes in adulthood. It seems Shirley Temples are rare. This, however, argues against all child performers, as a class, not this particular one.

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    • July 7, 2019, at 1:52 PM PST
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  22. Ansonia Member

    Re: # 20

    Proud of her skills, and foolishly underestimating just how tyrannical-controlling and humorless the Left is, I’d guess; underestimating how much the Left “plays for keeps” (as Alger Hiss is reported to have said about Stalin.)

    • #22
    • July 7, 2019, at 1:57 PM PST
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  23. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown Post author

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Remember when George HW Bush laughed at Dana Carvey’s impressions of him! Dana was so very funny, and Bush was delightful in his response. They ended up being friends, I think.

    This is why I wonder if AOC has the ability to get over herself a little and embrace this opportunity to be even bigger.

    • #23
    • July 7, 2019, at 2:33 PM PST
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  24. Taras Coolidge

    Sweezle (View Comment):

    Bethany Mandel (View Comment):

    Not in any way excusing the threats etc, but these parents never should have used their daughter as a political prop.

    That feels very judgmental and harsh. I only saw one clip of mini-AOC and I thought she was incredibly talented. Terrific little actress and perhaps her parents were just proud of her skills?

     

    For reasons having to do with human evolution, we tend to be attracted to fertile members of the opposite sex.

    As a practical matter this means women need to start early, if they are to have substantial careers in TV and movies before they fade out (usually in their forties).

    Actresses who started as kids and went on to long careers range from Elizabeth Taylor to Jennifer Love Hewitt.

    • #24
    • July 7, 2019, at 4:28 PM PST
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  25. Stad Thatcher

    Al Sparks (View Comment):

    But even if the YouTube video had ended in a benign way, with the 8 year old getting mostly positive feedback, is fame really a good thing for a child?

    It seems not. I listen to former child actors, who experienced fame at an early age, and maybe one percent of them say they had a happy childhood.

    I agree with you. I see fame at an early age being a hinderence to normal development in a child. It seems like every week, there’s a story on Drudge or Fox about a child actress “all grown up” with stories about what it was like. Some of them are good, about how the cast stayed in touch long after their show ended, other stories are not so good.

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    • July 8, 2019, at 5:51 AM PST
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  26. Stad Thatcher

    Barfly (View Comment):
    I still hold that the phenomenon of Obama, while not a matter of simple chance, wasn’t particularly orchestrated. It was more emergent – his grooming was largely down to individual lefties doing what they do.

    There was an effort to promote him. I recommend this book:

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    • July 8, 2019, at 5:54 AM PST
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  27. Barfly Member

    Stad (View Comment):

    Barfly (View Comment):
    I still hold that the phenomenon of Obama, while not a matter of simple chance, wasn’t particularly orchestrated. It was more emergent – his grooming was largely down to individual lefties doing what they do.

    There was an effort to promote him. I recommend this book:

    So I looked up the book. A .pdf can be downloaded here. I’ll give it a skim later. [Edit: unlinked later, it’s a scam site.]

    [Afterthought: Be careful with your downloads. Use a virus scanner. I’ve not downloaded the PDF yet so I’ve not scanned it. Surf safely.]

    [After that: this site seems less problematic. This is where I’ll download it from.]

    But this bit of humor has to be shared. It’s the blurb for the book on the site I linked above. This has nothing to do with our discussion, but I have to put it somewhere.

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    That’s fascinating. I’ve never encountered computer-generated Engrish before. I don’t know what this means – is the site a parody? Was this written as a hoax by a confused leftist? a demon-possessed rightist? Call it whatever kind of bias you want, I’m not taking that at face value. No way was that text was written in a serious frame of mind by a third-world outsourced copywriter – they’re better.

    [Finally: It must be computer-generated text. The “download” site is a scam, don’t go there, I’ve unlinked it. The other link is to a review from someone at Dordt College, not the book. The internet is so lame.]

    • #27
    • July 8, 2019, at 9:24 AM PST
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  28. Roosevelt Guck Member

    Satire is a tool that employs humor to show the moral shortcomings of its target. Mini AOL was very effective at calling attention to Big AOC’s insufferably progressive priggishness, narcissism, and sometimes hilariously uninformed and false statements.

    It’s always shocking, particularly in the U.S., when adults are threatened with violence for speaking their minds, but it’s unacceptable when children are threatened by adults. That’s fascistic.

    AOC’s vision for the U.S., however, is shared by large blocks of Democrat voters and politicians. As funny as it is to point out how AOC swings back and forth between victim (of Democrats who attack her and disavow their statements when the polls show them to be unpopular with voters) and attacker of the Democrat establishment (for its hypocrisy), and how she seems to thrive while doing so, she’s just parroting the talking points of progressives who have been selling climate science alarmism and debunked socialism theories for decades.

    • #28
    • July 9, 2019, at 9:34 PM PST
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