AOC Plus Three

What does AOC Plus Three mean?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib

‘AOC Plus Three’ is a moniker used to refer to four U.S. politicians – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. This term was first used by former U.S. President Donald Trump during the U.S. Presidential debate on October 22, 2020.

Trump used this term while critiquing Joe Biden’s climate change plan during the debate. He claimed that the ‘AOC Plus Three’ group were the ones who helped formulate Biden’s plan, implying it was radical, poorly designed, and a drain on resources.

The Congresswomen in question, collectively referred to as ‘AOC Plus Three’, reacted negatively to this nickname. They felt it was a sign of disrespect from the President, as he chose to address them by a nickname rather than their official titles and names. They also disagreed with his interpretation of the climate plan.

The term ‘AOC Plus Three’ soon became a subject of jest on social media platforms like Twitter. Many users found the term amusing, comparing it to the title of a detective series, a superhero squad, or a 90s girl band.

Example for using ‘AOC Plus Three’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch the U.S. Presidential debate last night?

Yes, I did! Did you catch that nickname Trump gave to AOC and the others?

Oh yeah, he called them ‘AOC Plus Three’! What was that all about?

Well, he was criticizing Biden’s climate change plan and said that ‘AOC plus three’ helped develop it.