Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrilled the audience at a New York City drag show on Friday night, addressing the crowd through cheers.
“You are special. You are beautiful. You are accepted,” Ocasio-Cortez can be heard saying to the crowd at the Bartschland Follies show, at the McKittrick Hotel, in a video shared to Instagram on Monday by performer Joey Arias.
“I was gagging,” wrote Arias, who said the crowd “went wild,” chanting AOC’s name.
She also posed with drag king Murray Hill, who called her “a future president” and said she “brought hope to the room.”
“None of us in the cast were feeling too patriotic this July 4th weekend, but her presence alone gave us all a much needed dose of hope,” Hill told NBC News.
“She reignited the fire that’s burning in all of us. She stayed and watched the entire show starring New York’s finest misfits, nightlife creatures, rebel rousers, queer icons. She then got on stage and said, ’Be who you are. You are beautiful. You are accepted.’ Mic drop.”