‘To her critics, Ocasio–Cortez is firmly in the pretty idiot category…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed President Donald Trump and the GOP are scared of her because the influence she wields with her radical leftist base threatens them to the point of feeling emasculated.
“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,” the freshman congresswoman told the New Yorker.
The 29-year-old former bartender said she anticipated the criticism she has received “from day one.”
She said she agreed with Ashley Reese’s conclusion in Jezebel, a socialist magazine.
Reese wrote: “Women [in politics] are often either characterized as hideous harpies like Hillary Clinton or pretty idiots whose ‘craziness’ is bound up with their sex appeal. To her critics, Ocasio–Cortez is firmly in the pretty idiot category.”
Ocasio–Cortez said her identity as a Hispanic woman must infuriate Trump.
“I can see Trump being enormously upset that a 29-year-old Latina, who is the daughter of a domestic worker, is helping to build the case to get his financial records,” she said. “I think that adds insult to injury to him.”
Several media analysts have drawn parallels between the two polarizing New Yorkers—Trump and Ocasio–Cortez—who both ran as political outsiders, firing up their respective bases with searing rhetoric and ambitious-but-vague policy proposals, relishing in the cult of personality that Twitter afforded, while rabidly defending themselves against media fact-checks and perceptions of spreading false or misleading information.
But such comparisons to the president were likely to be rebuffed by Ocasio–Cortez. “He is such a small, mediocre person,” she said.
She continued her rant by attacking congressional office-holders of the past who had tarnished the grandeur of politics and diminished her belief in the American system.
“I grew up with a real romanticism about America. I grew up in a first-generation household where your parents give up everything, and for me, America was the greatest thing ever to exist,” Ocasio–Cortez said. “To be there on the floor of the House was beyond anything my parents would have ever dreamed of. But the person behind the podium was so unskilled. It was kind of sad.”
Ocasio-Cortez also defended her socialist policies and said criticism of her radical Green New Deal was unfounded.
“Apparently, I am a cow dictator,” she told the magazine. “What’s humorous to me is that we’re finally proposing a clear, ambitious, but necessary and grounded policy on the scale of the problem. And so it’s hard for the Republicans to refute the actual policy on its substance.”
Declaring that the world will end by 2031 if her plan is not quickly adopted, Ocasio–Cortez released the initial framework in early February but shortly thereafter took it off her website, claiming it had been a draft.
Despite a promise by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Fla., to put the bill to a vote in the upper chamber, many Senate Democrats have said they will refuse to participate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also would not to commit to bringing Ocasio–Cortez’s bill to the floor.
Although Republicans in the Congressional Western Caucus invited several “GND” advocates, including the activist Sunrise Movement and left-wing economist Paul Krugman, to an in-depth policy discussion last week, none accepted.
Still, Ocasio–Cortez complained that critics had zeroed in on some of the framework’s more outlandish sections, such as a reference to eliminating “cow farts” in its aim to achieve net-zero carbon emissions in 10 years.
“They resort to mythologizing it on a ludicrous level,” she said. “Ted Cruz says we want to ‘kill all the cows.’ How far have we slid in our discourse? But that’s what half our political representation is up to.”