St. Thomas — Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in Washington came out of the Cohen hearings more popular than ever, alongside key players like Rep. Elijah Cummings representing Maryland’s 7th congressional district and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez representing New York’s 14th congressional district.
After an eye-roll in response to testimony given by Rep. Jim Jordan at the Cohen hearing, social media was set abuzz. The eye-roll and Plaskett mouthing “be quiet” was caught on camera and eventually began making rounds on Twitter. In a matter of hours, Plaskett had been covered by popular magazines and newspapers like The Root, The Hill, and TMZ. Local papers like the Virgin Islands Source and the Virgin Islands Daily News also ran with the story.
Americans who may not have known about the U.S. Virgin Islands connected with her testimony after the delegate used the top of her time to take aim at the GOP’s argument that any testimony from Michael Cohen was a waste of the country’s time.
“I’ve got a lot to do as well,” Plaskett said. “I’ve got houses and schools to help rebuild in the Virgin Islands, expansion of voting rights, educational opportunities, criminal justice reform. Thank God the Democratic majority can walk and chew gum at the same. So we are here with you right now,” she said to Michael Cohen.
A video posted on Twitter by Plaskett shows her mocking the GOP, by simply walking and chewing gum. The video has gained over 1 million views on Twitter, a rare feat by any elected official in modern Virgin Islands history. On a side note, (this may be in my circle of friends) Plaskett is being hailed as the “cool auntie” at the cookout. You don’t get cooler than that, honestly.
The same video received over 10,000 retweets and over 60,000 likes. Governor Albert Bryan’s digital marketing on the campaign trail pushed the boundaries of campaign messaging in the Virgin Islands, gaining him success on social networks like Facebook and Instagram in 2018.
Bryan’s social media campaigns led to the campaign’s success and changed the tone of gubernatorial elections after he won three elections between August and November of 2018.
Elected officials in the territory are taking notice, with some even rolling out black history month series and highlighting Virgin Islands heritage and culture for the entire month of March. Most senators have shared a few pieces of Virgin Islands history online in the past two months on their social media pages as well.
Plaskett is now the most followed elected official in the territory, surpassing even Governor Bryan’s and the Government House’s pages combined as far as numbers go.
Because the Congresswoman works out of Washington, she also receives the most coverage from the press. Now in her third term, the Congresswoman has
Even Department of Agriculture Commissioner Nominee Terrence ‘Positive’ Nelson is trying his hand after appearing in ‘Dope Magazine,’ a popular pro-cannabis publication in the United States.
The move is a clear break away from tradition at the Department of Agriculture and could potentially redefine how agriculture and farming initiatives in the territory are marketed to the outside world.
Nelson, who was instrumental in the passage of medical marijuana legislation in the Virgin Islands has set his sights on legalizing cannabis for recreational use in the territory. In an interview with DOPE Life, Positive Nelson is surrounded by marijuana plants and quite literally appears to be in a state of nirvana while talking about next steps in
Prior to the Cohen hearing, the Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett had a modest 6,000+ following on the President’s favorite social network. Seven days after, she managed to rake in nearly 42,000 followers and wave of positive press.
Even schools are getting more involved on social media. Today, Lockhart Elementary School posted a status update on Facebook alerting parents that the school was on lockdown in connection with an incident near the campus.
The school’s Facebook page later announced “It’s an all clear. The lockdown has been lifted.”
For now, Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett is the reigning queen of social media in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As the editor-in-chief of this paper, even I’m taking notes.
Featured image courtesy of Newsweek.