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AOC Says She Isn’t Sure She Wants To Be In Politics Anymore But People Are Still Hoping For A President Ocasio-Cortez

Despite winning her reelection to Congress by a landslide and being praised (at least in public) by President-Elect Joe Biden, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) isn’t totally certain on what her political future holds.

That uncertainty will likely come as a surprise and a disappointment to her millions of followers – let alone her constituents back in the Bronx. For the past two years, AOC has been at the center of nearly every idea and every piece of progressive legislation that has come up in Congress.

Now, with a Democrat taking the presidency in January, her ideas and policies have a real chance at becoming the law of the land. Of course, all of this also depends on who controls the Senate, which will likely be decided in January just before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.

Although AOC has been tight lipped about her political future before, many are hoping that her latest statements on her future are little more than a moment and that she continues to harbor ambitions for a future senate or presidential run – because lord knows that’s what her followers would love to see.

Could these next two years be AOC’s last go at politics?

In an interview with The New York Times, the congresswoman, arguably one of the highest-profile figure of the progressive left right now, expressed frustration with the “smothering approach” she said she was experiencing from within her own party. “The last two years have been pretty hostile. Externally, we’ve been winning. Externally, there’s been a ton of support, but internally, it’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Times.

When asked about a possible run for Senate, her answer wasn’t much more convincing.

“I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Noting that she chose to run for re-election at least partly to prove she “wasn’t a fluke,” she said the “lack of support” from within her own party had almost changed her mind.

Her future looks so bright (at least to outsiders) that experts have predicted her future presidency.

Many have said that AOC is more than a politician, she’s an influencer. As a Congresswoman, she knows how to turn social media into political power – though she is certainly not the first political figure to leverage new media into fame and influence. Television enabled Martin Luther King to rise to national consequence just as TV news was coming into its own in the late 1950s. The same can perhaps be said for John F. Kennedy also famously drew power from his mastery of television, and Franklin D. Roosevelt from radio.

It’s hard to draw comparisons between older figures who mastered other forms of media, but clearly Ocasio-Cortez has utilized social media as effectively as anyone in the county. She is basically one of two elected officials in America who can, with one tweet, change the entire line of public discourse for the day. The other is Donald Trump, which gives you an idea of her stature.

Her politics and star power is even shaping the current strategy for retaking the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) is in charge of shaping the Democrats’ agenda in the Senate. Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Schumer and AOC appeared together at a joint press conference to discuss how they would move forward with regards to the Supreme Court.

It was a striking moment because, for months, AOC has refused to rule out challenging Schumer from the left come 2022. “I don’t know,” she said this spring of a potential primary race. “Honestly, this news cycle is so insane, who knows where any of us are going to be in 2022?”

But even her potential challenge to his seat seems to be influencing Schumer’s move from proud centrist to loud liberal. When asked about the possibility of Senate Democrats adding Supreme Court seats or eliminating the filibuster entirely if they win back the majority, Schumer responded this way: “Well, it will be a decision that is … comes to the Senate. We first have to win the majority before that can happen. But once we win the majority, God willing, everything is on the table.”

That response is a reflection of just how aware Schumer is of the potential threat AOC poses to him in a 2022 Democratic primary — and how much he is going out of his way to move to the ideological left to shut down the possibility.

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After Haters Came For The Harry Styles Vogue Cover, AOC Is Rushing To His Defense

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After Haters Came For The Harry Styles Vogue Cover, AOC Is Rushing To His Defense

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Few people have faced as much criticism for such ridiculous things as has Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s even come under fire herself for a magazine cover. So it made sense when she reached out to Harry Styles over the weekend to tell him not to worry about the controversy over his recent Vogue cover.

AOC just recently faced a similar situation, when she received backlash over an expensive loaner suit she wore on the cover of Vanity Fair. So she was speaking from experience when she took to her Instagram Stories to take questions from her followers and offer up her take on all the brewing drama over Harry in a dress on the cover of Vogue.

Harry Styles appeared in Vogue while wearing a dress and the Internet took notice.

It was just week that the world was blessed with another history-making Vogue cover. For the first time ever in the magazine’s 127 year history, the cover featured a solo male. And it wasn’t just any male…it was pop star Harry Styles.

Inside the magazine, we were given more incredible images of Harry Styles in a big dress and, of course, controversy ensued. The pop star had just become the first man ever to cover Vogue all on his own, styled in a Gucci gown and shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell for the occasion. The accompanying profile discussed Harry’s love of clothing and general disregard for gendering garments.

Overall, the response seemed positive – with many celebrating his embrace of a more fluid future and the production of the images. But many conservative voices came out against the shoot, with firebrand Candace Owens taking the chance to complain about the cultural demise of “manly men.”

Now, even New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has waded into the fray. For the record, she thinks he looks hot.

But Rep. AOC was quick to defend the singer and assured him that “it looked bomb.”

Having faced her own drama related to magazine covers, AOC can be considered a bit of an expert on the matter. So it was no surprise when she took to her Instagram Stories over the weekend and spoke up about the Styles’ Vogue drama.

Her Instagram followers got right to the point: “What do you think abt Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue?” To which the Congresswoman replied, per Harper’s Bazaar: “It looks wonderful. The masculine and the feminine elements are balanced beautifully — the hair and jacket styling give me James Dean vibes too.”

“Some people are mad at it bc some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society. Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc. If it does, then maybe that’s part of the point. Sit with that reaction and think about it, examine it, explore it, engage it, and grow with it,” she added.

She then went a little deeper and examined the meaning behind creativity and art, asking “What’s the point of creating things if they don’t make people think? Or feel or reflect? Especially as an artist or creative? Who wants to see the same things all the time? And never explore their assumptions?”

“Anyways it looks bomb so,” she concluded with a shrug emoji. 

A lot of other celebs, and Harry’s mum, agreed with AOC, with everyone from Sara Bareilles to Olivia Wilde, Elijah Wood, Kathy Griffin and others posting praise for the singer for once again pointing out that strictly defined, traditional gender roles are merely a social construct.

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AOC Goes Head To Head With Marco Rubio After He Attacked Democratic Socialism

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AOC Goes Head To Head With Marco Rubio After He Attacked Democratic Socialism

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When it comes to rumors, hearsay and false statements Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proven time and again that she has no tolerance. She also showed that faced with disinformation campaigns being spread by her colleagues in politics, she will do more than just fight back. She’ll serve the truth.

So there’s no surprise that when AOC saw Florida Sen. Marco Rubio spreading falsehoods she was quick to come to the rescue.

Over the weekend, after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio started to get trigger happy on Twitter, AOC stepped in.

On Sunday, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went to Twitter and announced, “Not every Democrat is a socialist. But every socialist is a democrat.” It didn’t take long for Ocasio-Cortez, a prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America, to clear things up for Rubio on Twitter.

“Curious what you call GOP giving away billions in public funds to Wall St & fossil fuel companies?” she replied to Rubio. “Or what you call YOUR ability to go to Walter Reed hospital & receive socialized healthcare for free? Funny how it’s only ‘socialism’ when others get what y’all give yourselves.”

The Congresswoman went onto comment “(Also, the idea that socialists like Dems… lol).”

It didn’t take long for those with non-Democratic ties to also chime in on Rubio’s tweet.

Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins tweeted that “Marco Rubio is very confused,” he replied. “The only socialists with a path to the White House are me and @AngelaNWalker on the @GreenPartyUS ecosocialist ticket.”

American political strategist and commentator, Ana Navarro-Cárdenas who is also a conservative never-Trumper replied “Not every US Senator from Florida is an embarrassing disappointment. Oh, wait….”

Rubio has made his dislike for Democratic socialism clear for years. In the past, he’s tweeted that “‘Socialism’ is incompatible with America’s founding principles because marxism is the belief that: ‘Persons of & by themselves have no value. An individual has a value only inasmuch as he is the representative of an economic category…outside of that, man has no value.’”

A socialist, in the traditional sense, is an adherent of socialism. 

Socialism can be defined as “a system of social organization in which private property and the distribution of income are subject to social control.” 

Recently, Business Insider broke down the difference between a ‘socialist’ and a ‘democratic socialist’ and the differences are pretty clear.

As the outlet highlights socialism can be defined as “a system of social organization in which private property and the distribution of income are subject to social control… In other words, it’s a state-controlled economy in which the state controls the means of production (factories, offices, resources, and firms). There are also forms of socialism in which the means of production are controlled and owned by workers.”

On the other hand democratic socialists, like AOC, are committed to democracy.

“Democratic socialists also believe strongly in democracy and democratic principles,” explained. “They are by no means proponents of authoritarian government systems many Americans associate socialism with.”

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