New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed on Twitch for the first time and promptly earned herself the number-three spot for the highest viewership in an individual stream in Twitch history.
AOC’s highest viewer count clocked in at roughly 439,000 viewers in a quickly organized Among Us stream. AOC gathered with popular Twitch streamers and influencers including Seán “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin, Ben “DrLupo” Lupo, Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Hasan “HasanAbi”, and Jeremy “Disguised Toast” Wang, among others. Fellow congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her daughter also joined in the stream.
“You guys can call me AOC. Mike Pence can’t call me AOC.” pic.twitter.com/Ln1Bpioh1N
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) October 21, 2020
The response to her stream has been overwhelming and almost unanimously positive. Twitter exploded Tuesday night with quotes, screenshots, and commentary about her gameplay and her viewership count. Many are praising her initiative and creativity in reaching a younger generation which traditionally doesn’t vote.
AOC asks viewers to make a voting plan
“Vote early” was a quote used by the Congresswoman often when voting on impostors, a reference to the early voting initiatives that the stream was set up to promote. The 2020 election has expanded early voting and mail-in voting eligibility in many states, AOC continually mentioned how important it was to have a plan for voting.
How it started: How its going: pic.twitter.com/fpaexefTGc
— Ryan Wyatt (@Fwiz) October 21, 2020
While this isn’t AOC’s first rodeo in the world of esports, her knowledge of Among Us left much to be desired. She was an impostor alongside DisguisedToast on her first round and fumbled her way through faking tasks and killing crewmates. Toast was lobbed out of the ship first, and AOC wasn’t able to keep hold of the game and was eventually found out.
Hilariously, AOC didn’t experience her first death in the game until about two hours into her gameplay. Many participants worried about being the headline in the news if they were the first to murder her. Harris “Hbomberguy” Brewis was the first to kill her while playing as an impostor.
AOC’s viewer count hovered around 325,000 viewers for the large majority of the night, which prompted questions as to whether any other politicians will follow in her footsteps.