Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is still reliving the terrifying events that unfolded on January 6th. In a new interview with CNN, the New York Congresswoman says that because she is a past sexual assault survivor she couldn’t help but feeling especially vulnerable and fearful as rioters stormed the Capitol earlier this year.
Here’s one of the exchanges with political anchor Dana Bash:
AOC: “I think one of the reasons the impact was so doubled that day is because of the misogyny and the racism that is so deeply rooted and animated in that attack on the capitol. White supremacy and patriarchy are very linked in a lot of ways. There’s a lot of sexualizing of that violence. And I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed, I thought other things were going to happen to me as well.”
DB: “It sounds like what you are telling me right now is that you didn’t only think you were going to die. You thought you were going to be.”
AOC: “Yeah, yeah I thought I was.”
Bash also says AOC discussed “how she is portrayed on conservative media,particularly Fox News. and how when she’s talking about sexualizing, a lot of that is making her, not just the enemy, but doing it in a way that highlights her age, her gender, and her beauty.”