Who are the internet's most-searched Latino-American politicians? Enquiring minds want to know!
AOC naked, Ted Cruz's haircut and the mystery of Marco Rubio's real age are what Americans wonder most when it comes to the nation's most talked about Latino-American leaders.
January 5, 2022 11:06pm
Updated: January 14, 2022 6:41pm
Latino voters have made a splash across mainstream media in recent months as poll after poll continues to show that the nation’s largest minority is now evenly split between Democratic and Republican parties.
But Latino lawmakers have also made their way into the political mainstream in recent years and have become an important part of the conversation in American homes across the country.
In an attempt to understand which of these leaders are most popular among American voters, ADN America took to Semrush – an online platform that tracks searched keywords, ads and URLs – to see what Americans are searching.
The results are nothing less than intriguing and worth a good laugh – or two.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (average monthly search frequency: 1.2 million)
The rambunctious, young “Latinx” representative from the Bronx was, by far, the most searched Hispanic politician based on Semrush data. If searched by her full name, 450,000 searches appear – while AOC was searched a whopping 1.2 million times.
But while one might assume that online users were investigating her progressive platform – which includes Medicare for All, tuition-free higher education or a Green New Deal – the most searched keywords included "AOC hot," "AOC memes," "AOC nude," and "who is AOC?"
One other keyword was particularly interesting: “AOC net worth.”
Could it be that Americans are wondering how the self-styled champion of the working class could afford to escape to Miami Beach right as her home district was suffering from an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 infections?
Perhaps, but we’ll never know.
Instead of addressing that issue, AOC turned to Twitter to blast conservatives for “fixating” on her love life.
"If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet," she tweeted.
1. If Leftists like AOC actually thought mandates and masking worked, they wouldn’t be frolicking in free FL.— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) December 31, 2021
2. Her guy is showing his gross pale male feet in public (not at a pool/beach) with hideous sandals.
O for 2… pic.twitter.com/SNqBqMwr12
Sen. Ted Cruz (average monthly search frequency: 165,000)
Although the Cuban-American U.S. Senator from Texas recently announced that he was “absolutely” considering a 2024 presidential run as the 2016 the runner-up – Americans apparently aren't quite as intrigued with his chances of leading the free world as they are with AOC’s sex appeal. Shocker.
Even so, it’s not Texas Ted’s hardline in the Senate that seems to fascinates Americans – it's his Feb. 2021 haircut, a fake-news double-life (according to the internet) as the Zodiac Killer and oh yeah, that short-lived mid-COVID-19 trip to Cancun last year. Yep, you heard that right.
Although Cruz has been fighting to squash Biden’s Build Back Better bill and threatening to impeach the president should Republicans win the Senate in 2022, what Americans really seem to care about is Ted’s bitchin’ new mullet... although some felt the haircut warranted a review by the Justice Department:
Ted Cruz’s mullet was the fashion crime of the century. pic.twitter.com/A6HKY0qaUN— Jack Cocchiarella (@JDCocchiarella) May 15, 2021
Personally, we love it and think the new look screams Senate business in the front and a Grand Old Party in the back – and that’s certainly worth a Google search or ten.
Sen. Marco Rubio (average monthly search frequency: 74,000)
Love him or hate him, there’s no doubt the spritely looking 50-year-old senator from Florida is a constant talking point across American media.
And while he isn’t searched nearly as frequently as his Cuban-American U.S. Senate counterpart from Texas, he is still the third most-searched Latino politician according to Semrush data.
But unlike our two front-runners, Americans aren't searching for Marco's leaked nudes or double checking to see if he’s secretly a serial killer -- what seems to be the biggest question is his age.
Although we were hoping for something juicier to report, the data speaks for itself.
Perhaps the senator’s youthful appearance coupled with his passionate Senate floor speeches have caused Americans some confusion since he doesn't fit the typical profile of the older, stately politician.
Personally, we here at ADN think that's a compliment since 'stately' is really just a polite synonym for boring.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor (average monthly search frequency: 74,000)
The 67-year-old Supreme Court Justice – born to Puerto Rican parents – was appointed to the nation’s highest court by former President Obama in 2009 and has since served as an inspirational figure to young Latinas across the country – and perhaps even around the world.
Her public image is impeccable and the lack of controversy surrounding her name is reflected in the way Americans search her name.
One keyword that is particularly popular, however, is “Sonia Sotomayor quotes.”
To save you a Google search, we’ll leave you with one particularly inspirational quote from her 2013 book, “My Beloved World.”
“Sometimes, idealistic people are put off the whole business of networking as something tainted by flattery and the pursuit of selfish advantage. But virtue in obscurity is rewarded only in heaven. To succeed in this world, you have to be known to people," the wise justice wrote.
Ultimately, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sens. Cruz and Rubio can take comfort in the fact that – regardless of why they are being searched – they have, indeed, become “known to people.”