Conservatives tried to smear AOC on Twitter, but users hijacked the hashtag with cuteness overload

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attends as Netflix Celebrates The Premiere Of GENTEFIED In Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images for Netflix)

K-pop fans are back to the rescue on Twitter. Known for hijacking hashtags on the social media platform with photos and videos of K-pop performers, K-pop fans encouraged users to flood the hashtag #AOCLied with photos of popular K-pop stars and people’s pets. By doing so tweets criticizing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were disrupted with photos of adorable puppies, cats and other pets.

The hashtag #AOCLied was created Tuesday by conservatives in attempts to shame Ocasio-Cortez for describing her experience of the Capitol riots on Jan.6. In a live video posted to Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez expressed how she feared her life and revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault. Because she compared the tactics some GOP officials used to force people to move on from the trauma of the insurrection without discussing accountability to that of abusers, GOP officials responded by claiming that her experiences were a lie.