AOC says sexual assault ‘pivotal’ in running for office; not sure about presidency because US ‘hates women’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claims that, while confronting the man who denied raping her was “pivotal” in her decision to leave bartending behind and run for the House of Representatives, but the country’s deeply held hatred of women will prevent her from becoming president.

This October, the 71 percent of men who still read GQ are sure to be thrilled by a Squad member’s lecture on how full of hate they truly are — be it consciously or unconsciously.

“Sometimes little girls will say, ‘Oh, I want you to be president,’ or things like that,”  Ocasio-Cortes told GQ’s Wesley Lowery when asked if she thought she or another progressive woman of color would one day be elected the leader of the free world. “It’s very difficult for me to talk about because it provokes a lot of inner conflict in that I never want to tell a little girl what she can’t do. And I don’t want to tell young people what is not possible. I’ve never been in the business of doing that. But at the same time…”

Here,  Lowery wanted readers to know that “tears pooled in the corner of her eyes” as AOC claimed Americans hate women.

“I hold two contradictory things [in mind] at the same time. One is just the relentless belief that anything is possible,” she said. “But at the same time, my experience here has given me a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women.”

“And they hate women of color,” she added for good measure.

It’s an astonishing thing to hear a sitting Congressperson say about her fellow Americans. But, as AOC explains, it is that hatred — and an unexplained fear for her life — that will keep her from ascending to the White House, not her complete lack of any sort of relevant experience.

“People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September,” she said. “And that weighs very heavily on me.”

It isn’t just Republicans who are out to pick on Ocasio-Cortez, either. Men from all political backgrounds must hate all women, because it is inconceivable that they simply dislike her.

“It’s not just the right wing,” she continued. “Misogyny transcends political ideology: left, right, center. This grip of patriarchy affects all of us, not just women; men, as I mentioned before, but also, ideologically, there’s an extraordinary lack of self-awareness in so many places. And so those are two very conflicting things. I admit to sometimes believing that I live in a country that would never let that happen.”

And that’s the problem with AOC. Because she somehow paints herself as a victim in literally every situation she finds herself, it becomes difficult to believe her when she actually is victimized– especially when she uses that victim status for political gain.

As GQ recounts, the day after Roe v. Wade was overturned, Ocasio-Cortez was out protesting in Union Square in her home state of New York when she shared with the crowd that she had been raped when she was “22 or we years old.”

“I was completely alone,” she reportedly said. “I felt completely alone. In fact, I felt so alone that I had to take a pregnancy test in a public bathroom in midtown Manhattan. And when I sat there waiting for what the result would be, all I could think of was, Thank God I have at least a choice.”

Of course, what she left out of that touching story was the fact that, as the Supreme Court simply returned the power to legislate abortions to the individual states where the Constitution says belongs, abortions in liberal Manhattan are unlikely to ever be restricted in any way.

But, it was a great point of personal pain to exploit, so the facts weren’t really all that important.

To be very clear, sexual assaults against anyone, at any time, for any reason are horrific and are to be condemned, and like all Americans who aren’t psychopathic, we at American Wire are terribly sorry Ocasio-Cortez had to endure any such thing. But it is evident as you read the article that the alleged assault shaped much of AOC’s approach to politics, if not to her entire life.

“One major trauma that a lot of survivors of assault deal with is a struggle with being believed,” she told Lowery, with zero understanding that it isn’t that she wasn’t believed, it was that she used the incident to score abortion points.

When she confronted her attacker, he denied having done anything wrong, and that has clearly colored Ocasio-Cortez’s view of not only men, but the average women’s experiences.

“The insistence on a denial of what happened that very, very clearly happened is also a through line with other women’s experiences, friends that I’ve had, or just a pretending that what very clearly happened, did not happen,” she said. “That, too, is also an assertion of power, and so this assertion of power and dominance over others is not limited to the actual physical fact, but how things are treated afterwards.”

When she shared her experience with her colleagues, it reinforced in her the notion that women are little more than walking victims of male toxicity in America.

“It was like everyone had been sexually assaulted that I had worked with,” she revealed.

And it was that skewed understanding of men specifically and society as a whole that led AOC to run for Congress, where every piece of legislation she reads will be ran through her “men hate women” filter.

“My sexual assault was a pivotal event in the trajectory that led me to run for office,” she told GQ. “I can say that in retrospect, but obviously I didn’t know that at the time.”

Actually, when you think about it, the admission explains an awful lot about the woman who believed she was going to be raped again on January 6 and is convinced that anyone who disagrees with her wants to sleep with her.

Victimhood is this Squad leader’s safe space.

The question is, do the people of New York want to continue enabling her self-defeating rhetoric? Or will they seek a representative who spends just a little less time feeling persecuted?

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