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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talks Trans Rights, N64 on Live Twitch Stream

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Republicans would be seething — if they understood any of the words in this headline.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) caused an internet firestorm on Sunday afternoon when she joined the Twitch stream — a livestream of someone playing video games — of Hbomberguy, who is currently playing old school Nintendo 64 game "Donkey Kong 64" live to raise money for Mermaids, a UK-based charity for transgender and gender-diverse children.  

While on the stream, Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how anti-trans discrimination directly affects trans people’s economic well-being.

“The added layer of discrimination makes these issues much more acute in their crises than they usually are on average for other people,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the stream. “It’s important that we do talk about these issues in an economic frame but not let go of the fact discrimination is a core reason for the economic hardship.”

The charity stream has a goal of raising $250,000 for Mermaids and as of press time has raised over $238,000.

Later in the stream, Ocasio-Cortez also weighed in on why N64 is one of the greatest gaming systems of all time.

“I never owned an N64, though I do think it’s probably the best system out of all of them,” she said. Ocasio-Cortez then recalled going to a cousin’s house to play “Super Mario 64,” “Pokemon Snap” and other games. As Ocasio-Cortez spoke, the Twitch chat stream filled with phrases like “Gaymer queen!” “AOC gang!” and lots of trans-flag colored hearts.

Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch appearance lit up Twitter.

“There are 2 things that people really like about @AOC: she has bold, uncompromising political ideas; and she tries to meet people wherever they are (Twitter, Instagram, protests, community meetings, Twitch streams) to talk to people about those ideas,” journalist Peter Sterne tweeted. “It's not just about being ‘good at social media.’ It's about evangelizing — being so concerned about the status quo and so dedicated to the fight for racial/economic/environmental justice that you're willing to go anywhere to talk about it.”

“For one night and one night only AOC made video games good,” another person wrote on Twitter.

Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitch appearance comes, ironically, on the same day that West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin received backlash for a CNN interview where he said that the new crop of incoming Democratic legislators need to “stop acting like young people.” Many saw the comments as a veiled criticism of Ocasio-Cortez, who has been known to use Instagram Live to chat with her followers.

Time to give up your controller, Sorkin. Ocasio-Cortez won this round.

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