Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Trump SOTU Speech As 'Embarrassment,' Says 'We're Flying Without A Pilot'

Jonathan Vankin

First-term New York congressional Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attended her first State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, and she made clear on Twitter the following morning that she was not impressed by Donald Trump. Nor was she impressed by one prominent Republican pundit, who, as the Washington Post reported, attacked the 29-year-old representative's facial expression during Trump's speech -- criticizing Ocasio-Cortez, whose only role during the speech was to sit in the audience, as having "a bad night."

"AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss," wrote Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, on her Twitter account.

Ocasio-Cortez quickly responded on her own Twitter feed, saying that there was nothing in Trump's speech to be cheerful about.

"Why should I be 'spirited and warm' for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?" she wrote. "Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We're flying without a pilot. And I'm not here to comfort anyone about that fact."

"It is unclear how Noonan would judge a 'bad night" for the congresswoman, as she sat in the audience during the speech, amid a sea of her white-clad peers, and did not have a speaking role," wrote Talking Points Memo reporter Kate Riga.

At one point during the speech, according to a Mediaite analysis, Trump appeared to make a reference to Ocasio-Cortez, declaring "America will never be a socialist country."

Ocasio-Cortez had a response to that Trump comment as well, as the Inquisitr reported, saying, "I think it was great. I think he's scared. He sees that everything is closing in on him."

Other Twitter users also weighed in to support Ocasio-Cortez, including Will and Grace star Debra Messing.

In fact, 61 percent of speech viewers said that they approved of Trump's job performance in the Oval Office -- compared to just 40 percent of all voters in the most recent CNN approval rating poll.