Progressive firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she can never be elected president because “Americans hate women.”
No, not all women, AOC, just you!
But this reporter’s opinion, notwithstanding “The Squad” leader recently said, it’s unlikely she could ever be elected president of the United States — because so many people in America “hate women” and “would never let that happen.”
The self-described socialist speculated about the possibilities of her launching a future White House bid in a wide-ranging and fawning cover interview with GQ magazine which was published on Wednesday, Sept. 7
AOC said that while she tries to hold onto the belief that anything is possible, her experience in Congress has “given me a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women.”
She went on, “And they hate women of color,” added the 32-year-old, who was described in the article as the “political voice of a generation” and “bona fide culture celebrity.”
“People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September. And that weighs very heavily on me. And it’s not just the right wing. Misogyny transcends political ideology: left, right, center,” the democratic socialist continued.
“I admit to sometimes believing that I live in a country that would never let that happen.”
The Queens representative said she struggles when young girls tell her they want her to be president one day.
“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,” she said. “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….”
In addition to being a woman, the legislator claimed that her opposition to Wall Street could also hinder any potential bid for the presidency.
“Could [former President Barack] Obama have gotten elected without the kind of financial support that he had?” she said. “I don’t know.”
AOC, who often finds herself at odds with her own party, also lamented how, even if she were to be elected commander-in-chief, she’d face the wrath of the political system — from the Senate to the Supreme Court — that she says would impede her goals.
“There are still plenty of limitations,” she claimed. “It’s tough, it’s really tough.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the congresswoman spoke of the “open hostility” she encountered from her own Democratic Party colleagues after taking office in 2018.
“It was open hostility, open hostility to my presence, my existence,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“Since I got here, literally day one, even before day one, I’ve experienced a lot of targeting diminishment from my party. And the pervasiveness of that diminishment, it was all-encompassing at times. I feel a little more steady on my own two feet now.”
She concluded the sentiment by saying, “But would I say that I have the power to shift the elected federal Democratic Party? No.”