Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) interviewed with GQ for their cover and stated concerns she won’t be president and that she fears for her life and is uncertain about her future because “so many people in this country hate women” and “women of color,” specifically.
The most profound statement in her extensive interview was the fact that, “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,” as she claimed this interview would “tackle the issue of gender and politics.”
“Sometimes little girls will say, ‘Oh, I want you to be president,’ or things like that, and 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,” Cortez says.
“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…” she continued.
The article then described her change in emotion at this moment saying, “her speech slowed to a crawl and, for the first time in the hours we had spent speaking, she broke eye contact, burying her gaze in the arm of her chair. Tears pooled in the corners of her eyes.”
The New York State Rep. released all of her frustrations saying, “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. 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 concluded.
While this fear of death does not come from an obvious place, a similar sentiment was expressed by AOC when she feared rape on January 6th saying “I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well,” she proclaimed.
This statement happened months after it was revealed that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not in the capitol building.
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