Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was blunt when asked about the criticism against her in a recent interview with The New Yorker, saying that it infuriates her critics that she’s a woman who is just as powerful as any man.
Speaking to the magazine about women in politics, she said, “The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can’t deal with. But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy.”
Ocasio-Cortez also said, “I moonlight as America’s greatest villain, or as the new hope … 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.”
There’s no doubt that the Bronx lawmaker is a favorite target of the right-wing media and Republican politicians. At the Conservative Political Action Conference last week — an annual gathering and barometer of the Republican Party — AOC was referenced countless times, always negatively.
Though she’s only a freshman, she has been a tastemaker in Democratic politics. Her Green New Deal has been embraced by almost all of the Democrats hoping to unseat Trump in 2020. And she’s one of the most powerful lawmakers on social media, where her Instagram live videos quickly log thousands of viewers.
She also sits on the powerful House Oversight Committee, which puts her in the chair to interrogate Trump aides that the committee might bring in, like last week when she questioned former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.