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No, Conservatives Are Not Angry That AOC Danced on a Rooftop

But first, a question: Remember when The Force Awakens came out and people were still excited about Star Wars? Back in the good ol' days, before The Last Jedi and Solo, we actually greeted the announcement of a new film in the franchise with something other than exhaustion and dread. So when that first TFW trailer came out, everybody was jazzed for it.

"Wooooo, Star Wars!"

Then something weird happened. A handful of trolls complained about a black guy playing a stormtrooper in a Star Wars movie, and it became a national news story. Everybody fell all over themselves to condemn anybody who would be so racist in [current year]. Millions of people patted themselves on the back for being more enlightened than a few nobodies who decided to troll them. Actor John Boyega, who plays Finn in the new Star Wars films, was even asked in interviews what he thought about the "controversy."

There was no controversy. The only thing notable about the whole thing was that everybody freaked out about a complete non-controversy. A nontroversy.

More recently, this happened with the Black Panther movie. Somebody created a Facebook group called "Down With Disney’s Treatment of Franchises and Its Fanboys," which claimed it was going to somehow ruin the movie's Rotten Tomatoes score. Yes, that's what I said: Somebody started a Facebook group. That was it. Some random nobody went online and said something stupid, and it became national news. That's because the random nobody called himself "alt-right," and his targets were members of a protected class. Therefore, it made everybody else feel better about how woke they were, and they couldn't help but celebrate their own wonderfulness.

I hope you're ready for a fun 2019, because this strange phenomenon is now making the leap to the world of politics. It all started with this video:

Yep, that's definitely her.

That video started going viral yesterday. Speaking only for myself as always, I saw it and thought it was cute. I was like, "Is this supposed to make me like her... less?" I'm pretty sure I'm allowed to enjoy it, even though I think her policies are ridiculous. She seems like a fun person, particularly for a socialist.

But now it's a big deal, because somebody said this:

Who is "AnonymousQ1776"? I have no idea. He or she has since deleted that account. But apparently, he or she speaks for all Republicans and conservatives everywhere, because that's what journalists and Democrats (pardon the redundancy) need to believe.