U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) gave a self-serving interview to GQ Magazine declaring that “so many people in this country hate women” while discussing whether she could “lead the country.”
“Sometimes little girls will say, ‘Oh, I want you to be president,’ or things like that,” Ocasio-Cortez, 32, said. “It’s very difficult for me to talk about because it provokes a lot of inner conflict in that I never want to tell a little girl what she can’t do. And I don’t want to tell young people what is not possible. I’ve never been in the business of doing that. But at the same time…”
“One is just the relentless belief that anything is possible,” she tearfully said during the interview. “But at the same time, my experience here has given me a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women. And they hate women of color. People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September. And that weighs very heavily on me.”
Presenting GQ's October cover star: @AOC. The congresswoman opens up on the critical need for men to join the fight for abortion rights, whether she believes she'll ever be president, and much more https://t.co/uwWSexYB8h pic.twitter.com/UqOnSNwZ2y
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) September 7, 2022
[checks calendar] https://t.co/BlNHbmMulD
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) September 7, 2022
“And it’s not just the right wing. Misogyny transcends political ideology: left, right, center. This grip of patriarchy affects all of us, not just women; men, as I mentioned before, but also, ideologically, there’s an extraordinary lack of self-awareness in so many places. And so those are two very conflicting things. I admit to sometimes believing that I live in a country that would never let that happen,” she asserted.
Lowery claims that a top adviser to a progressive official told him that Ocasio-Cortez was “destined to inherit the leadership of the movement.”
“All of the progressive political operatives that I spoke with said they were heartened by the number of leaders their movement has produced in recent years. Yet they all agree, when granted the ability to speak freely, that there is something special about the congresswoman,” he contended.
giving the timing, we focused on men and masculinity & AOC’s personal experiences – so, less daily politics stuff. Appreciated the congresswoman being willing to go to some hard places: her own assault, misogyny in Washington, and her fear of assassination https://t.co/YLQoSoYO4Y
— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) September 7, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez took a poke at Wall Street and her seeming opposition to all things involved with capitalism, stating that it could be an obstacle for her as she rises in leftist political circles.
Lowery noted that if the congresswoman ever became president, she would be confronted by a “system” that is “inclined to thwart her most sweeping ambitions.”
“There are still plenty of limitations,” Ocasio-Cortez told GQ. “It’s tough, it’s really tough.”
In a GQ cover story, AOC theorizes about being president but is worried about the checks and balances of… the other branches of government. pic.twitter.com/WzR8JfLyrY
— Nathan Brand (@NathanBrandWA) September 7, 2022
Then she carped about Congress and how it “moves last,” blaming the body for not codifying Roe vs. Wade.
“Because it’s easier to just let the courts do it,” she remarked. “We’re going to need robust mass movements that have already started. We’ve seen it in the labor movement, we’ve seen it in racial justice, and we’re going to need to continue to build that while also ensuring that we are staving off the very real threat of fascism in losing the House or Senate.”
The aspect of Ocasio-Cortez wondering if she would even be alive this month gave birth to hilarity:
She seems fun.
Friend: “Hey, wanna grab dinner this weekend?”
AOC: “I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I’LL BE ALIVE THIS WEEKEND!” https://t.co/B7DOlCKeyJ
— MagnoliaPeach 🐶❤️🖤 (@magnoliapeach) September 7, 2022
Is she terminally ill lol
— Mr Gee (@gooseygee) September 7, 2022
"Realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September. And that weighs very heavily on me." – can someone square this @AOC comment with these other comments below? Someone travelled cross country to try to kill Kavanaugh. https://t.co/3QgzjUlJCI pic.twitter.com/g09EP6w4Be
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) September 7, 2022
I would say this person is absurd, but that may be unkind since it appears that the reason for it is that she’s mentally ill. https://t.co/E1cvFYwfDd
— Extremely Leslie McAdoo Gordon ⚖️ 👠🇺🇸 (@McAdooGordon) September 7, 2022
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) September 7, 2022
Get well soon. https://t.co/zlCgxoTeu0
— NeverTweet (@LOLNeverTweet) September 7, 2022
"Ocasio-Cortez, who friends say has always been more introverted than she lets on, has, in understandable ways, grown even more. These days…, she avoids appearing in places where she’s forced to play her part; where she can’t just be herself."
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) September 7, 2022
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