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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez quotes Alan Moore, secures nerd vote for eternity

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the fierce New York Congresswoman whose mere existence drives the MAGA crowd bananas, just showed that her taste is as impeccable as her social media game. In response to a Politico piece chronicling the House Democratic Caucus’ irritation with Ocasio-Cortez, the rising political star deftly plucked a Watchmen quote from her quiver, firing it straight into hearts of nerds everywhere.

To quote Alan Moore: ‘None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with YOU. You’re locked up in here with ME,’” she tweeted, punctuating it with a laughing emoji.

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Spoken by Watchmen’s Rorschach in the acclaimed graphic novel, the quote originated from the character while he was trapped in a prison cell with a slew of menacing bunkmates, one of whom he ends up burning with a deep fryer.

Ocasio-Cortez’s quote understandably ignited the Twitter masses, who’ve responded with memes, jokes, and even a few musings about pop culture’s impact on the young generations.

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It’s also good timing for HBO and Damon Lindelof, who will see his new adaptation of the story debut this year on the cable network.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.