According to Axios, Ocasio-Cortez has as many Twitter followers as all the other incoming 60 Democratic freshman House members combined, (based on numbers compiled by Elizabeth Hale at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, a lobbying firm).
And here is how scary that is. According to Axios:
In the next Congress, with so many young members, having a strong digital presence could be more important than seniority. Ocasio-Cortez in particular has used Twitter (1.38 million followers) and Instagram (just under 1 million followers) to connect people around the country, promote policy platforms and troll Republicans before she's even started her official job.And here is some backup commentary by Clarence Page:
Ocasio-Cortez has shown that she knows how to generate entertaining and informative social media messages to connect with her followers. During the orientation week for congressional freshmen, she took her Instagram viewers along on, among other events, a walking tour her new Capitol Hill environs and a how-to on her black bean recipe.-RW
As a result, she demonstrated the value of social media by showing the world that she wasn't all that easy to hate. Even the conservative blog RedState, which declared in one recent headline that "Mocking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Not Only Fun But It Is The Right Thing To Do," actually complimented her use of live video captions so that the hearing impaired could follow along.
But she also arrived on Capitol Hill with the same sort of norm-busting attitude with which Trump challenged his own party's establishment. She shocked Washington Beltway culture by joining a protest pushing for a "Green New Deal" at Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's office while Pelosi is campaigning to be returned to speaker of the House by the new Democratic majority.