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

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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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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.


AOC as powerful and as stupid as any man. SMH

Madison Dibble

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.

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