Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'Uses Social Media As a Jiu-Jitsu' Against Republicans, Young Turks Host Says

Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, has hailed Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's use of social media, praising the way in which she responds to Republican attacks by turning them back on critics.

Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, Uygur emphasized the skill with which the 29-year-old representative-elect from New York defends herself using social platforms popular with millennials such as Instagram and Twitter.

"She doesn't give a damn about what Republicans think of her," the journalist said. "She welcomes their attacks and she uses social media as a jiu-jitsu to turn their attacks against them," he added.

"So they say she's a socialist who's for Medicare for all," he said, citing an example of a GOP attack. "She says, 'Fantastic, yes! Seventy percent of the country agrees with Medicare for all. In fact 52 percent of Republicans agree with Medicare for all. Please spread that message everywhere Fox News.'"

Highlighting the advantage that Ocasio-Cortez, a proudly progressive politician, has over Republicans, as well as Democrats, Uygur pointed out that she is not beholden to any powerful lobby groups. He argued that this allows her to say and do things that establishment Democrats are afraid or unwilling to.

"She's untethered from the donors," he explained. "She can be much braver than the average Democrat in Congress," arguing that Democrats also get concerned when she attacks GOP politicians for taking contributions from groups that represent corporate interests.

"She doesn't take any large donor money like that," Uygur said. "She can criticize the Republicans all she likes, and it drives Fox News crazy," he added.

Ocasio-Cortez, who will officially take office in January, mocked Fox News on Sunday, after the right-wing channel aired a segment featuring a panel that discussed her shoes and wardrobe. Sharing a tweet from a supporter pointing out the segment, the congresswoman-elect tweeted Spanish song lyrics by musical act Aventura, which translated to" "No, it's not love, what you feel is called obsession."

When another supporter quipped that Fox News would have to hire a translator to understand her response, Ocasio-Cortez again took aim at the channel.

"Don't worry, Fox News has made it clear that they are far superior to + more intelligent than me, who they've called a 'little, simple person.' So I'm sure catching up to me in spoken languages shouldn't be a problem for them," she wrote. "One down. Just a few more to go!"

Last week, after Fox News aired a segment in which she was classified as "a bull in a China shop," Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to welcome the attempt at an insult.

"I'm fine being called a bull in a china shop, because politics that answers to special interests more than the American people *should* be disrupted," she wrote "Also, the idea that the same folks who bow to Trump are clutching their pearls is laughable," she added. "Good. That's how they should feel."