Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the shutdown has given her time to 'make trouble'

The many downsides to the record-breaking government shutdown are well known, whether it be the 800,000 government workers going without pay, trash piling up in our national parks, planes not being properly inspected — and the list goes on. But on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was looking at the bright side: It gave her the time to try to chase down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after he blocked from ever reaching the Senate floor a House-passed bill that could have reopened the government.

Along with a few other freshman representatives, Ocasio-Cortez searched for McConnell at his office, at the Cloak Room — which she described as “kind of like a snack room for Republicans” — the Senate floor and his Senate office. They never did find him, but they left letters at each place telling him to take the bill to the floor for a vote.

Ocasio-Cortez also had the opportunity to teach some of her less tech-savvy colleagues a thing or two about social media, and her lessons were pretty simple. “Rule No. 1 is to be authentic, to be yourself, and don’t try to be anyone that you’re not,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “So don’t try to talk like a young kid if you’re not a young kid. Don’t post a meme if you don’t know what a meme is.” She added, “Don’t talk like the founding fathers on Twitter. If you’re a mom that likes to garden, talk like a mom that likes to garden.”

But one thing Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t have time to do is worry about the criticism of her, even from those in her own party. Some Democrats have taken issue with her meteoric rise, others with how she intends to vote. But Ocasio-Cortez made it perfectly clear that she doesn’t care. When Colbert asked her how many Fs she gives, from none to some, the answer was of course zero.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 on CBS.

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