Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played Among Us to GOTV and it was a big success

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues being a bad-ass millennial by using technology to connect with young voters. Alexandria hopes to encourage younger tech-savvy voters to get out and vote through a game on Twitch called Among Us. AOC invited her followers on Twitter to join her Among Us game session via streaming platform Twitch on October 20th. Youtuber James Charles and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar responded that they would join her. Despite giving Bernie Sanders a symbolic nomination at the DNC, AOC is lending her full support to Biden and Harris. Besides getting the younger generations engaged in the political process, she hopes to influence them to vote for the Democratic ticket. Below is more on the story via People:

“Anyone want to play Among Us with me on Twitch to get out the vote? (I’ve never played but it looks like a lot of fun),” Ocasio-Cortez, 31, wrote.

In short order, a number of high-profile gamers and influencers responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet: Twitch streamer Pokimane wrote that it would be “an honor” to play the game with the politician and YouTuber James Charles simply responding, “YES.”

Even Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar — a fellow member of the “Squad” of progressives in the House — threw her hat into the ring, offering a waving hand emoji in response to the tweet, to which Ocasio-Cortez responded “Ohhh it’s ON sis!”

On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez wrote that she had spent the evening “setting up accounts, mods, streaming & run throughs” and hoped to go live on Tuesday night. She also tweeted a link to her Twitch channel.

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez announced that she and others would be streaming their Among Us session and “help[ing] folks make a voting plan.”

Ocasio-Cortez intends to use the platform to urge players to vote in this year’s presidential election. She offered a symbolic nomination of Sanders at the Democratic National Convention, but has said, “It’s incredibly important that we support the Democratic nominee,” in reference to Joe Biden.

[From People

I don’t know much about Twitch because I am not much of a gamer. I was traumatized back in 1982 when my brand new Atari was stolen from my grandmother’s home right after Christmas. I never again really picked up games after that, like Nintendo, etc. I prefer apps like Gardenscapes or Design Home. Boring I know, but I like building and decorating sh*t.

With that being said, I am loving how AOC is thinking outside the box when it comes to reaching younger voters. Currently, I am working at the polls. I have been talking to the techy judges working with me about how it would be more practical that the U.S. eventually switch to digital voting in some way. It would have to be secure and safe of course.

I do feel there are many people who can only be reached through traditional means. However, with the growth of the digital space, especially in the last decade or so, I think that AOC has the right formula for reaching Millennials and Gen Z. In fact, Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate who used social media platforms to engage younger voters and it worked. So I hope that other senators and representatives will take notes.

Enough of my fangirling. I like AOC and I hope there will be more candidates like her in the future. It is time to change over the old guard. You know, the politicians who have been in office for more than twenty years but haven’t done much for their constituents or the U.S? They need to be replaced.

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  1. FancyPants says:

    I have no idea what this is but these clips make it look fun!

    • Truthiness says:

      I watch Twitch. It was the cutest, most wholesome stream ever. Plus it reached far more than 400,000 viewers to Get Out The Vote. Among Us is a popular game played on a spaceship. 2 are secretly chosen to be “imposters” and they have to try to kill off the rest of the spaceship, while the crewmates try to vote off who they think the murderer is. AOC had a genuine adorable shock when she was killed, “OOOOOH, AFTER ALL WE’VE BEEN THROUGH?!” and she had a hard time trying to be a killer. “I can’t kill Poki, she is too cute!” *stab* squish* Poki is dead. 10/10 would watch again.

    • Bernie says:

      I know right? I have no clue what is happening or what twitch is (is it like Nintendo? Are there controllers? Also how do you get to be on camera? This is all over my head!) but that video was so fun and she was so into it.

      If I was a young hip person watching this I know I would be impressed by her. Hell, I’m a middle age lady and I was like maybe I need to start playing video games with the youths and talk to them about voting, too??? I’m pretty sure I’d die like 30 seconds into that game, so I’d have to do my GOTV speech right at the top.

      • Truthiness says:

        AOC did GOTV at the beginning, during the game and after, it is a game where votes count. She was very heartfelt and sincere. In nearly all cases you don’t play along, you watch and talk to them through twitchchat. For example AOC was chosen to be a killer right off the bat and she was flummoxed. Hundreds of us typed “pretend to do your tasks!” and you interact. I am not young but I play, it is something my son and I have always used to stay close.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Twitch was a huge and almost exclusive platform for gamers to live stream as they played. It was more entertaining than it sounds. A few competitors surfaced and a few of the biggest names with exclusive contracts left. Ninja being 1. Maybe heard of dr disrespect. He stayed.

        Anyway, it’s popular.

        I tried to play Among Us, but it’s HARD! They yell at you for not immediately understanding gameplay and then most of your players leave out of frustration or on purpose to mess up the others. Ugh, she 100% played on a joined party with others in the room that were there to promote her. Cute, staged, meh.

  2. Escondista says:

    As a Texan, I hope I get to vote for AOC someday.

  3. I pet goat 2 says:

    This game is everywhere and so she’s smart (as always) to use it and reach that demographic. Love her.

  4. Also Ali says:

    I told my 13 year old that I watched AOC play Among Us on Twitch but I didn’t know what either were and he laughed and said he did.

    I love her so much. She is a desperately needed bright light in politics.

  5. Jay says:

    I love that she’s using different ways to communicate in a way that centres her own goals, and doesn’t seem like she’s just mentioning something trendy to try to “connect with the youth” (Pokemon go to the polls, anyone?😢)

    Also, it seems like she and Ilhan are just embracing the role of scaring the ever loving crap out of old white dudes, and I respect that.

  6. Lauren says:

    I was watching a streamer yesterday on Twitch who was talking about AOC’s stream and said that it was great fun. The streamer also mentioned that she managed to find Joe Biden’s island on Animal Crossing (other the insane part that some is getting paid to play animal crossing, my dream job). I mean how cool is that? The Democrats are not only trying to reach older crowds and millennials, they are also going after younger voters on diverse platforms. Chapeau to them. Vote people, vote!

    • Truthiness says:

      Bernie is on Twitch, a lot. He can pull in 3K viewers in his sleep. He does not play games, he streams his townhalls and gatherings.

  7. EMc says:

    My 7 yo asked me to put this on my phone for him just the other day. I dont know what Twitch is, I’m going to have to look into that, esp if it means he doesn’t need my phone to play. But this was cute and fun! Smart move, AOC. Well done.

  8. Case says:

    She is both a badass and a cinnamon roll and I adore her.

  9. halfpint says:

    My husband watched her stream of this and it was amazing. I absolutely adore her! And the fact that Rep Omar was there too made it more special. This is the type of politics that I can watch these days. Everything else is too depressing. Only two more weeks (I hope!).

  10. Merricat says:

    I love her.

  11. CJW says:

    I love Gardenscapes!!!

  12. ce says:

    This is what we need now and for future politics. AOC has always been extremely smart and strategic about using social media to connect with Americans about politics… years ago she did an Instagram live where she cooked dinner and talked about the primaries or something like that, I remember thinking how freaking clever of her. I cannot WAIT for her to be president.

  13. liz says:

    AOC has a gut-level understanding of retail politics that is largely missing elsewhere. She is a generational talent. The fact that I generally like her policy positions is a bonus. I’m a New Yorker, but I don’t live in her district – I will have to hold my nose and vote for Jerry Nadler again, after having spent months sending him emails and calling his office to say three words – “Impeach Bill Barr.”

    I’m curious to see what direction AOC decides to take – stay in the House and work towards a leadership position? Convince Schumer to retire and run for his seat in the Senate (she will get my vote)? Governor of NY?

  14. anniefannie says:

    My 13 yo asked me if I knew about twitch last week. I responded “you know I’m not a gamer why would I?!? She said “ Well you knew what WAP meant ( thanks Celebitchy) and I don’t know if my life will ever be the same”

  15. Jaded says:

    I’d like to live long enough to see AOC as President.

    • Ellie says:

      I was talking about this the other day! I don’t see her being ready by 2024 (and she might even still be a little too young to run by then) but 2028 and beyond, I think she’d be great. I used to live in Astoria/LIC area and she did a lot for us when Amazon was trying to start a headquarters there, none of us wanted them to come to our neighborhood and she helped shut it down. She’s amazing.

  16. Moo says:

    I need her pantsuit! But I am short, so until I am rich enough to have one made, it is not to be.