Republicans are petrified of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and will do just about anything to discredit her. They’ve tried to shame her for working as a bartender, for where she grew up, and even released a college video project she worked on in an attempt to slut-shame her. Why? Because AOC managed to break through all of the barriers systematically put in place to prevent people like her from succeeding. She’s an assertive woman of color who worked her way up into a position of power and is pushing for changes that would put the kind of men who’ve been in charge for centuries at a disadvantage. On top of that, she can express herself far better than most other politicians, including our president, and has a way of delivering instant clapbacks that seem both well thought out and professional.
Here are some AOC quotes that demonstrate why Republicans are so afraid of her:
She Believes In Basic Human Rights
Healthcare as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it, and I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.
One of AOC’s biggest strengths is her way of pointing out that people having the right to basic human needs is common sense. Banks would rather foreclose on a home and let them sit boarded up for years than to work out a payment plan with owners. There are nearly 250,000 empty and unaffordable apartments in New York City for one reason or another while 63,000 people are without a roof over their heads. It doesn’t make any sense.
She Doesn’t Find Capitalism Necessary
Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.
The United States has run on capitalism for so long that it’s hard to imagine what our country would be like with a different political system put in place. AOC can imagine it though, and even if just a few of her ideas are put into place, life would be much easier for us. Republicans are against this because it means less money in their pockets.
She Thinks Poor People Deserve To Live
I don’t think any person in America should die because they are too poor to live.
Republicans view poor Americans as leeches. They consider the programs created for them a waste of government services and tax dollars. To them, a person who can’t afford to eat or put a roof over their head is lazy and undeserving. They don’t feel that as humans, we all have a right to eat, receive healthcare, or have somewhere to live because they believe these things should be earned. AOC wants everyone to receive these basic needs for free, and Republicans couldn’t be more nervous.
She Encourages People To Care
The biggest hurdle that our communities have is cynicism – saying it’s a done deal, who cares; there’s no point to voting. If we can get somebody to care, it’s a huge victory for the movement and the causes we’re trying to advance.
One of the biggest advantages Republican politicians have is the fact that a ton of citizens don’t vote. In fact, just over half of Americans voted during the presidential campaign of 2016 and even less vote during the midterm elections. They count on us to not get involved in politics so they can continue screwing us over.
Mentors of mine were under a big pressure to minimize their femininity to make it. I’m not going to do that. That takes away my power. I’m not going to compromise who I am.
AOC is a woman of color who had to work her way through college, which is an unfathomable lifestyle to most Republicans. She doesn’t hide who she is nor does she apologize for it. Women in politics have always had to downplay their sexuality just to be taken seriously and avoid sexism in the workplace. AOC is making waves by refusing to do this, and Republicans are furious.
She’s Vocal About Racial Barriers
I know what it’s like to access the privilege of a ZIP Code but also be born in one that could have destined me to something else.
Politicians have long since ignored the obstacles designed to keep people of color out of positions of power. They sweep everything under the rug from wage inequality to obvious disparities in the justice system and AOC has had enough. She’s not only vocal about these boundaries, but she’s pushing to get rid of them which terrifies Republicans and rich white men in general.
She Gives Others Hope
I see people like me, who thought someone like me couldn’t be in politics, now are saying, ‘Oh, wait, I don’t need to take money from corporations to run. Maybe I’ll run, too.’
Republicans fear AOC’s influence on people, but she’s just one Congresswoman. What makes her even more intimidating is her openness about her political journey. She’s constantly sharing stories about where she has come from and the path she took to get where she is, emphasizing the fact that she’s just an average American. AOC makes it clear that politics aren’t just for the rich, or the white, or even just those who are related to the Kennedys and the Roosevelts. She makes it clear that anyone can run for office, and Republicans are afraid that we will.
If they want to make an example out of me, I will gladly be one. Hopefully, we can be an example of dedication, courage, and persistence under fire. I also hope to be an example of not tolerating nonsense, too.
AOC doesn’t let her haters get to her. They’ve done their best to trash her efforts, but it’s safe to say that they’ve failed tremendously. Not only does she let things roll off her back, but she’s known for her epic clapbacks.