Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims that she has felt that her life has been “in danger” since at least 2018.
Ocasio-Cortez made the revelation in a recent interview that she did with CNN’s Chris Wallace on his show Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?
In light of the recent violent attack on Paul Pelosi and the more general rise in political violence, Wallace asked Ocasio-Cortez, “Do you feel your life is in danger?”
“Absolutely,” the congresswoman replied. “I felt that my life has been in danger since the moment that I won my primary election in 2018, and it became especially intensified when I was first brought into Congress in 2019.”
“I hesitate to walk my dog”
Wallace followed up by asking Ocasio-Cortez to, essentially, explain what she means.
“It means, when I wake up in the morning, I hesitate to walk my dog,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It means when I come home, I have to ask my fiance to come out to where my car is to walk me just from my car to my front door.”
The congresswoman continued, “it means that there’s just . . . a general disposition where you kind of feel like there’s almost a static electricity around you, and you’re just always just looking around, your head is just on a swivel, going to a restaurant, walking down the street . . .”
Ocasio-Cortez claims she is not “extreme”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to claim that this fear for her life has “very much shaped” the political positions that she has taken.
Wallace, perhaps hinting at the possibility that its the other way around – that the positions she has taken may be to blame for the vigorous opposition that the congresswoman has faced – then asked Ocasio-Cortez whether she agrees that “people want both parties to move from the fringes.”
Ocasio-Cortez, here, tried to make the argument that she is not on the fringe.
I think a lot of people in this country may say yes, but it’s important for us to dig into the substance of what that actually means. As someone who is often, I think, characterized as extreme, I of course would object to that. I do not believe that I am as extreme in the way that [Rep.] Marjorie Taylor Greene [R-GA] on the Republican side is extreme.
This all brings up a good piece of life advice: the first step in fixing a problem often is admitting that you have it.