Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has revolted against Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership by trashing the “open hostility” within the Democratic Party.
Speaking during a new interview with GQ, AOC says she doubts she will ever be elected president because too many people in America “hate women” and “would never let that happen.”
AOC clarified by saying that her time in Congress 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.
“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,” the New York City lawmaker continued.
“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…”
“People ask me questions about the future,” AOC said.
“And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September.
“And that weighs very heavily on me. And it’s not just the Right-wing.
“Misogyny transcends political ideology: Left, Right, center.
“I admit to sometimes believing that I live in a country that would never let that happen.”
AOC then came clean about the Democrats.
“It was open hostility, open hostility to my presence, my existence,” she said of her Democrat congressional colleagues.
“Since I got here, literally day one, even before day one, I’ve experienced a lot of targeting diminishment from my party.
“And the pervasiveness of that diminishment, it was all-encompassing at times.
“I feel a little more steady on my own two feet now.
“But would I say that I have the power to shift the elected federal Democratic Party? No.
“This generational tension has existed among virtually every single social movement in American history, in labor, in suffrage, in civil rights, in marriage equality.
“And it is a tension between history and the present moment.
“It’s a tension between inside and outside.
“It’s a tension between what we can learn and what we don’t know.
“Any sort of criticism of the Democratic Party is immediately cast as helping the right or ‘You’re disrespectful’ or ‘Don’t you know everything that these people have done?’
“And we do, but we are also allowed to learn from the outcomes of those victories and the unique dynamics of the present moment, to also say that we have to change tack and we can’t just do the same thing for 30 years.”
“I have always felt that the true power, and true power in the United States, relies in mass movements and social movements.
“And there are many people who will not do something until they are forced, until their hand is absolutely and utterly forced, whether that be for decisions of self-preservation or otherwise.
“And so there have been moments where I feel like I have been part of influencing an outcome or a decision by the party,” she said.
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— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 7, 2022