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AOC Reacts After Musk Says She’s ‘Not That Smart’

Chris Agee
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A social media feud continued this week between billionaire Elon Musk and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

The root of the ongoing back-and-forth appears to be Ocasio-Cortez’s response to the migrant crisis currently impacting her home state. Instead of taking the view of Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams that the influx of migrants will “destroy” the nation’s most populous city, she instead compared illegal immigration favorably to the legal naturalization of immigrants who arrived in the U.S. via Ellis Island.

“When it comes to people coming to New York City today, are nothing, I’m telling you, nothing, compared to the daily amounts of people that we saw coming in through Ellis Island in the first half of this century,” she said in an Instagram video uploaded last week, apparently referencing the 20th, not the 21st century.

Ocasio-Cortez went on to assert that the roughly 12 million migrants who “passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954” eclipsed the number of undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. under the Biden administration.

Of course, estimates indicate that nearly one-third of that total number have illegally crossed the border in less than three years.

Musk responded to her argument succinctly in a post on X, the social media platform he acquired last year when it was known as Twitter.

“She’s just not that smart,” he wrote.


His insult prompted a reply from the New York congresswoman that ignored the central issue while seeking to demonstrate her perceived intelligence.

“I wasn’t born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress,” she said. “Then I investigated Cohen, authored the largest FEMA funeral assistance program in history and led creation of a US Climate Corps to create tens of thousands of new jobs. Stay mad.”

For his part, Musk has made it clear that he is concerned about the unchecked flow of undocumented migrants into southern border states — particularly recent reports in Eagle Pass, Texas, of roughly 100 people per hour pouring into the small town.

“They are being overwhelmed by unprecedented numbers — just hit an all-time high and still growing!” he recently posted. “Am going to visit Eagle Pass later this week to see what’s going on for myself.”