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Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York was one of the non-white Democratic congresswomen who was forced to weather a recent racist attack from Donald Trump.
Despite such political abuse (or perhaps because of it), a funny thing happened: Ocasio-Cortez’s popularity only has risen.
Her favorability among New Yorkers grew 10 points, up to 41 percent while her unfavorable rating fell 3 points, also to land at 41 percent. The numbers are from a Siena College poll.
“New York voters give AOC her highest favoritability rating yet,” MSNBC morning co-host Mika Brzezinski said, using a common nickname for Ocasio-Cortez. “Those new poll numbers make Ocasio-Cortez more popular than President Trump in their shared home state of New York,” Brzezinski added.
“You know, the more he attacks people, the more their numbers go up,” interjected co-host Willie Geist.
“When he goes after Morning Joe, that’s been the case,” Geist added, referring to the name of the MSNBC morning program. “When he goes after you guys, that’s been the case. And when he makes a boogie man out of AOC that’s the case.”