Rep Ocasio-Cortez Channels Hillary Clinton in Speech to Black Audience

New York Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used a southern accent while delivering a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network organization in a Manhattan hotel.

Critics slammed the inauthentic nature of her accent.

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This is not the first time Democrats tried to connect with a black audience by deviating from their normal speaking pattern.

Hillary Clinton, the former State Department head and former presidential candidate, also used a southern accent while speaking to a black audience.

The Daily Mail reports:

Ain’t nothing wrong with that,’ the freshman Democrat drawled while speaking on Friday at Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in the Sheraton Times Square in Manhattan.

‘I’m proud to be a bartender. Ain’t nothing wrong with that,’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy.’

In her speech, Ocasio-Cortez addressed reparations for black American descendants of slaves.

Ocasio-Cortez called for “pursuing an agenda of reparations,” and received a lot of criticism on Twitter:

Responding to the criticism, Ocasio-Cortez defended herself on Twitter:

Ocasio-Cortez’s southern accent was insincere and she was indeed pandering to black voters.