Ocasio-Cortez Slams Her Critics: ‘I Am as Powerful as a Man and It Drives Them Crazy’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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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.”

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 07: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks as Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) (R) and other Congressional Democrats listen during a news conference in front of the U.S. Capitol February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. Sen. Markey and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez held a news conference to unveil their Green New Deal resolution. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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.

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Screwtape
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Aim higher, you dullard. Except for the age exclusion I’d hope that Bernie wins the nomination and picks you as VP. You are both idiots of no accomplishment beyond getting elected, share the same ignorance of history and actual fact, and have a pie in the sky ideology dependent on others paying.

Morte206
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AOC as powerful and as stupid as any man. SMH

Screwtape
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Duh…what do you mean?*g* Or as Obvious-Commie might say, “You go sister!”
Stupid is truly an equal opportunity.

Her power is what the media has made of her. Even Pelosi recognizes her ability to harness the stupid vote.

Madison Dibble
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I don’t think it helps women to claim she is only being criticized because of her gender. It’s just a tactic to shut down criticism instead of responding. She is a powerful woman and she should continue to prove it by taking critics head-on instead of deflecting to sexism.

Phyllis Softa
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I agree with use of gender as a defense. I disagree AOC is a powerful woman. She’s 1 vote, 1 voice. Conservative media has replaced their attacks of Nancy Pelosi, an actual woman with power, with AOC. Is it a coincidence they targeted 2 women? Nancy Pelosi was already an effective House Dem leader before the attacks. I haven’t seen evidence of AOC’s success except to get media attention. Without the conservative media attacks, AOC would not believe she is as powerful you & she claim.

banstan
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You sure about those conservative media attacks giving her delusions of grandeur? How about the liberal media’s love-in with her instead? How about the dims just blindly jumping on her bandwagon instead? Let’s just see how she, the liberal media and her bandwagon jumping colleagues handles her little campaign money issue.

Phyllis Softa
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How many times does conservative media speak of AOC? How many times the liberal media? When you examine the polling of Dems for a 2020 primary candidate, it is overwhelmingly in support of a moderate Democrat. Many times conservative media leads you to believe things that just are not factual. I am taking into account your sensitivity to past mistakes, so I won’t re-recite those issues.

banstan
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Boy, you sure do LIE about not insulting people here. “I am taking into account your sensitivity to past mistakes, so I won’t re-recite those issues.” Taken as the insult you meant it to be. BTW, your response does not back up your claim in your earlier comment, it just turned into a personal attack like most of your comments do.

Phyllis Softa
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If you wish to take the observation of sensitivity each time I mention “Mexico will pay for the wall” as an INSULT, that is an option you take of your own free will. But after you get over playing the victim, could you get back to the case at hand and tell me about this “liberal media love in” you speak of? Tip: Ban, if I wish to insult you, you will know it. That was not it.

banstan
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“Tip: Ban, if I wish to insult you, you will know it.” Keep talkin dirty to me, philly. I like it.

Phyllis Softa
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That’s “dirty”?

banstan
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“Tip: Ban, if I wish to insult you, you will know it.” So typical of people with an undue sense of self-importance, it’s only an insult if they say it’s an insult.

Phyllis Softa
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What are the examples you have of this “love-in”? The media has given airtime to ALL the members of the freshman class. FOX focuses attacks on 3 members–all women. But one would expect Pelosi will be back in the attack line in 2020.

banstan
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” FOX focuses attacks”, since when does criticism equal “attack”? Why is the left in love with hyperbole?

Phyllis Softa
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I could not help but noticed that you keep forgetting to tell me about the liberal love in. WHAT are you watching???

banstan
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Since you love to tell people “google it”, I did and it doesn’t work out so well for you. Just google aoc and liberal media and, VIOLA!, hundreds of liberal love articles appear. I could spend 20 minutes posting links, but why don’t you just take your own advice and “google it”.

banstan
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Here’s one quote from one article, “she might have the power to remold the party in her own image.” That sounds like love to me.

Phyllis Softa
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You do understand the meaning of the word “might”? They did not claim she HAS the power–not SHE HAS remolded. Even AOC is aware that the majority of the freshman Democrat House Reps were elected on a MODERATE platform, not a far left wing wacko platform. If you are concerned about rising stars in D’s party, check out Katie Hill, Joe Neguse, Connor Lamb, Abby Spanberg.

banstan
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“You do understand the meaning of the word “might”?” The word “might” does not make my comment a non-answer to your request. You DO understand that, don’t you?

Phyllis Softa
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If you could, why did you not post ONE?

banstan
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already did.

Phyllis Softa
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It apparently did not get past the IJR moderators. Do you see it?

banstan
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Just because YOU are still looking, doesn’t mean EVERY is still looking, phil. Get over your undue sense of self-importance. People who think like you are the reason Trump is President. People are TIRED of how the prog/lib/left think that they know better for us, smarter than us, telling us what to think and how to feel, for our own good. You were given what you asked for. Not my fault that you really aren’t intelligent enough to realize it.

Phyllis Softa
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I do not tell you WHAT to think. I tell you to THINK! Use your brain or lose its appointed porpose. I ask for a link, you gave an identified source from an unidentified article. You do know how to copy and paste?

banstan
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” I ask for a link” NOWHERE do you ask for a link. PERIOD! You just ramble on. “I tell you to THINK!” When someone THINKS and disagrees with you, just what has been your response to them? You get one of YOUR favorite responses thrown back at you and look how you react!

banstan
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I gave you a quote to help you out. Do what YOU tell others to do. Practice what you preach, hypocrite! That is meant as an insult, since I know you will have trouble figuring that out.

banstan
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YOU tell others “google it”. Practice what you preach!

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