Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent the internet into a frenzy on Friday when she quoted Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen in response to an article claiming the House Democratic Caucus was "exasperated" with her. The quote then started a new trend of using panels and quotations from Watchmen in a political context.
Some of those memes attributed Watchmen lines to politicians such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, President Donald J. Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Things are getting weird pic.twitter.com/PQclAKPn2z— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) January 11, 2019
Some also took panels from the comic and gave them a political spin. For example, the below tweet labels Rorschach as Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and the man he scalds with hot cooking fat prior to delivering the line she quoted as the GOP. This panel comes from Watchmen #6.
Retweeting Latino Victory Fund President Cristobal J. Alex, the newest representative from New York's 14th District wrote, "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.'" This is, of course, a quote from Watchmen's Rorschach. The Congresswoman's response was referenced and often praised by notable comics icons, including Bill Sienkiewicz and Neil Gaiman.
The youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has become a popular figure online as she has over two million Twitter followers and she is quick to fight back on social media when she is maligned by the media or other politicians.