It's always amusing when an older member of Congress tries to attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter, her home turf.
This time around, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul went after her for her views on climate change.
No @AOC the world will not end in 12 years but we must, absolutely must do something, over the next 500 million yea… https://t.co/bNyBIjtdm0— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1579095433.0
it will only be a temporary respite maybe a few million years. I do think we should also begin genetically altering… https://t.co/eccHUBdegj— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul)1579095433.0
A few hours later, AOC came back at Rand Paul with a Spaceballs reference highlighting how non-existent the GOP's plan to tackle climate change is.
Hey Senator! Would you like me to also take your comments out of context and pose them as your earnest position, as… https://t.co/0JpJsPdvNt— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1579114594.0
AOC also called out the GOP's history of bad-faith arguments.
This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and “fact check” it. Like the “world ending… https://t.co/Ouedwxn9uV— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1557676896.0
There was little disagreement online about who won the exchange.
@AOC @RandPaul trying to tweet with AOC is like watching gramps trying to program the clock on the Betamax.— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin)1579114684.0
@AOC .@AOC, you minx, you knew we'd post Spaceballs memes! ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/zxsNQyJMUt— Strictly is currently with Bernie 🌹 🌊 📻 (@Strictly is currently with Bernie 🌹 🌊 📻)1579114807.0
@AOC @AOC owning @RandPaul & all clueless conservatives that come for her in 2020 is what I live for! 🔥🐉👑— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1579115338.0
Spaceballs fans everywhere also flocked to the thread to sound off.
@AOC AOC responding to bad right wing posters. https://t.co/EO0CRsmgJj— Aaron Huertas (@Aaron Huertas)1579114672.0
@AOC @AOC clap backs are the stuff that dreams are made of! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🇺🇸— Sasha👩🏽⚕️ (@Sasha👩🏽⚕️)1579116374.0
@AOC Thank you @AOC for bringing Spaceballs back to the cultural forefront where it belongs.— dan gregor (@dan gregor)1579127452.0
What began as a movie making fun of Star Wars has now become a tool for making fun of Rand Paul.
@AOC Me looking for a GOP plan to address Climate Change https://t.co/J0laZ41XWI— Edgar Eye (@Edgar Eye)1579114815.0
@AOC I'm always here for @AOC dropping hot tea on climate killers like @RandPaul https://t.co/Xkwy8GNwrC— EireKnight (@EireKnight)1579118981.0
@AOC About as fictional as spaceballs bahahahaha LOVE IT🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/lwNnPkUOP6— Sarah (@Sarah)1579116870.0
At least there was one small silver lining to come out of this spat.
I never would have predicted that Rand Paul and AOC fighting on Twitter would make me briefly think there was gonna be a Spaceballs reboot.— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1579127569.0
AOC wins Twitter and goes on to fight another day.