The political landscape is changing at record pace. If you had asked Washington’s brightest star to go online ten years ago and communicate with their constituents, most of D.C.’s elite would choke on their overpriced dinners. Even in 2016, Hillary Clinton’s plea to “Pokémon Go to the polls” felt desperately out of touch. But here we are in the year of our Lord 2019, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is dropping into a Twitch livestream to talk shop. Was she discussing marginal tax rates? Income inequality, perhaps? Hell nah. She’s throwing down the gauntlet and claiming N64 as the best gaming console. (Speaking of Pokémon, she’s also a major fan of the highly underrated Pokémon Snap.)
Okay, to be fair, the freshman Representative jumped into the conversation to have a chat about a little more than just 64-bit gaming. The discussion was held during a charity stream on Twitch that benefited Mermaids—an organization that works to support gender-diverse teenagers and children. She took a moment to discuss how trans discrimination is a “core reason” for income inequality. And this all went down shortly after Aaron Sorkin, best known for writing TV shows about made-up politicians, called out Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats for “acting like young people.” Here’s how she felt about that:
If you’re not familiar with Twitch, it’s a video streaming service that has been gaining steam in the gaming community for years now. Users broadcast all types of content, from livestreaming while they play, to gaming-centric “talk shows.” Viewers also have the option to interact with the streamer in real time. Streams are then saved and can be rewatched by anyone later. It’s a huge platform, and one that makes sense for someone like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to establish her presence on.
As of 2018, Twitch has helped raise over $100 million dollars for charitable causes since 2011. Perhaps if more representatives took time to “act like young people” and hop on Twitch or interview a dentist about the immigration process on Instagram, we’d see a little more political efficacy among our nation’s youth. Then again, maybe we’ll take that back when we see Joe Biden flossing on Fortnite.