Does everyone need to cool it and let AOC do her job? | The Tylt
Does everyone need to cool it and let AOC do her job?
In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Ocasio-Cortez told editor David Remnick the attention has been overwhelming and, at times, frightening.
“It feels like an extra job,” she said of the attacks. “I’ve got a full-time job in Congress and then I moonlight as America’s greatest villain, or as the new hope. And it’s pretty tiring. I’m just a normal person. I knew that I was not going to be liked. I’m a Democrat. I’m a woman. I’m a young woman. A Latina. And I’m a liberal, a D.S.A. member,” she said, referring to the Democratic Socialists of America. “I believe health care is a right and people should be paid enough to live. Those are offensive values to them. But this ravenous hysteria—it’s really getting to a level that is kind of out of control. It’s dangerous and even scary. I have days when it seems some people want to stoke just enough of it to have just enough plausible deniability if something happens to me."
Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan responded to the interview, saying she believed much of the "ravenous hysteria" over Ocasio-Cortez has to deal with the country's overwhelming biases and base interests, not due to the quality of the woman herself.
The AOC furor we’re seeing has plenty to do with her being a young Latina. Plenty to do with her willingness to challenge the status quo. (And yes, as a rookie, she has made her share of mistakes.)
And it has everything to do with America’s divisiveness, misogyny and celebrity obsession.
The cascading insanity over Ocasio-Cortez says far more about the audience — what used to be known as American citizens and public servants — than it does about her.
When given the opportunity to simply carry out her duties as a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has proved herself more than up for the task. She drew praise for her incisive questioning of Michael Cohen.
Unlike many of the more senior members of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez asked Cohen straightforward questions which drew answers designed to help Congress build out its investigation into the president's potential wrongdoing.
However, Ocasio-Cortez has made it known she is not afraid of pushing back against party leadership, which draws far more attention than is typically afforded freshmen representatives. Per the Washington Post:
At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said some of her colleagues could find themselves “on a list” of primary election targets, after they voted for a Republican amendment requiring that undocumented immigrants who try to buy guns be reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to people in the room who were not authorized to comment publicly.
She has also come to the aid of her colleagues who she believes have been wrongly attacked by party leadership, like Rep. Ilhan Omar. Politico reports Ocasio-Cortez's statements on Twitter have drawn the ire of some of her more senior colleagues.
"I believe that Ilhan, in her statement a few weeks ago, has demonstrated a willingness to listen+work w/impacted communities," the New York congresswoman tweeted.
She added that she has in the past called out white or male allies when they have said something insensitive by pulling them aside and explaining why their comments were hurtful and where they could learn more about it.
Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted that "a good chunk of Congress would be gone" if there were resolution on sexist statements made by her colleagues.
"To jump to the nuclear option every time leaves no room for corrective action," she tweeted. "So I ask *everyone* that we practice calling in before calling out."