CNN is so enthralled with U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., that the network dedicated an entire hour to celebrate the socialist lawmaker, giving her a national platform — albeit little-watched — to tell her story and further build her political capital.
Titled “Being… AOC,” the program featured Ocasio-Cortez recounting her earlier tale about what happened on Jan. 6, when the U.S. Capitol was stormed, saying not only did she think she may die, but also that she was going to be raped.
Setting the stage politically, AOC spoke of “the misogyny and the racism that is so deeply rooted, and animated that attack on the capitol.”
“White supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in a lot of ways,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence. And I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.”
CNN host Dana Bash asked if that meant rape.
“Yeah,” Ocasio-Cortez replied, nodding her head. “Yeah, I thought I was.”
Keep in mind that the Democratic lawmaker was not even in the Capitol that day, but across the street in the Cannon House Office Building, which was not breached. There is an underground tunnel that connects the buildings.
To build the drama, Ocasio-Cortez retold the moment when a Capital Police officer barged into her office while she hid in a bathroom and said, “Where is she!?”
“Survivors have a very strong set of skills,” she said. “And the skills that are required as a survivor, the tools that you build for resilience, they come back in right away. And for me, I felt like those skills were coming right back so that I could survive.”
Interestingly, Bash noted that AOC “felt uneasy about crowds gathered outside the Capitol leading up to that day,” and the former bartender shared that she apparently thinks a lot about being killed.
“There were moments that — where I thought I was going to die before the 6th,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez oddly claimed she used to study photographs of potential attackers so she would recognize them if they approach her.
“I used to wake up in the morning looking at photos of the most serious threats that I could recognize, people, if someone came up to me,” the lawmaker said. “That is why I felt on the 6th, it felt like a culmination. There were so many warnings, so many threats, so many attempts to do more that didn’t pan out and I remember just feeling, okay, this is the day.”
“I was getting messages that day that were telling me, people are looking for you,” she added. “They’re looking for you.”
Ocasio-Cortez coyly stopped short of ruling out a primary run against Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
“I know it drives everybody nuts. But the way that I really feel about this, and the way that I really approach my politics and my political career is that I do not look at things and I do not set my course positionally,” she said, mustering as much humbleness as can be expected of a narcissist.
Schumer has veered much further left to ward off a challenge from AOC, which she took note of is essentially saying the radical left has him just where they want him.
“For what it’s worth, Senator Schumer and I have been working very closely on a lot of legislation and that, to me, is important,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so, we shall see.”
There was even talk about the White House — CNN did prop up creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti, who resides in prison today, as presidential timber.
“I struggle with this because I don’t want little girls watching or anything like that to lower their sights or anything in that direction. But for me, I feel that if that was in the scope of my ambition, it would chip away at my courage today,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think what happens a lot in politics is that people are so motivated to run for certain higher office that they compromise in fighting for people today. And the idea is that if you can be as clean of a slate or as blank of a slate, that it makes it easier for you to run for higher office later on.”
Bash asked about having a family and AOC suggested she’s so busy saving the world that she just doesn’t have time for that right now, but she does think about it.
But don’t fret, she also spoke about freezing her eggs for the good of tomorrow.
Ocasio-Cortez said having children is “something that I think about a lot,” but added that she has concerns about reproducing because of climate change.
“But I think it’s also something that, especially a lot of young women and millennial women my age think about a lot because it just feels — it’s always hard,” she said. “But I think it feels really hard for us as well, whether it’s economic pressure… is it even possible to, like, afford the family life now that people were able to afford a generation ago, or in my case too, we think about climate change and also just with how busy my life is.”
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