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Death Threats Have Become Such A Common Occurrence For AOC That She Took To Twitter To Address Them

It’s no secret that there’s a significant population of Americans who hate freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It is something that AOC has had to deal with since first throwing her hat in the ring to run for Congress. That kind of attention has led to very scary and real moments for the New Yorker. As a master of Twitter, AOC has voiced her concerns and is shedding light on what it looks like to be her right now.

In a tweet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to a video that aired at a Fresno Grizzlies game.

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AOC tweeted the above message in response to a tweet from @CarmenGeorge that read, “I was just watching a really moving #MemorialDay tribute video at the @FresnoGrizzlies game until they got to a part about America’s adversaries and showed a photo of the @AOC between images of Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-un. That was some seriously offensive editing.”

Immediately, the men’s rights activists chimed in.

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It’s apparently sexist for a woman to announce that all her daily death threats come from men. Yes. Yes, it is sexist, but not for the reason @Brian60days thinks.

AOC goes on to say that she gets an influx of death threats after Fox airs something “particularly aggressive + hateful.”

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Your pedestrian death threats aren’t a high priority for AOC. Only top notch death threats. What kind of morning ritual is that?

AOC finished up her thread by bringing up a long debated topic: free speech.

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The social media universe is filled with people claiming the use of “free speech” as an excuse for hate speech. The ACLU would agree.

Some AOC supporters feel that when that speech incites violence, it should be banned on social media platforms.

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Most platforms have policies that review flagged content to remove violent speech. Twitter user Anna Ramirez thinks voters should use their democratic right to filter violence-inciting elected officials.

In early 2019, AOC came out to defend and support Rep. Ilhan Omar when she was receiving death threats.

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Remember when Omar was under a magnifying glass and being touted as an anti-Semite for questioning why Palestine has received little to no support from America? The death threats were flooding into her office and voicemail box and AOC defended her.

AOC made sure to let the public know that those death threats are reported to the police.

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People are being arrested almost daily for death threats to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

When it came out that a right-wing publication sent out an email blast calling AOC a “domestic terrorist,” AOC had something to say.

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Domestic terrorists are the people who commit acts of terror in their home countries like the mass shootings at movie theaters and mosques. They are not progressive Congresswomen elected to office to do the work demanded by the constituents.

This isn’t the first time AOC has had to comment on receiving death threats.

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“Multiple ppl have been arrested trying to harm me, Ilhan, & others,” AOC tweeted. This rhetoric is dangerous.

Words matter–they are weapons of war.

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Whether that’s to intimidate women whose voices are being heard louder than men’s or to incept women into thinking they aren’t meant to be in that space.

Regardless, AOC isn’t backing down.

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When MAGA people want to belittle AOC or her intelligence, she comes back stronger. We don’t know what your self-care regiment looks like, AOC, but we thank you for staying strong.

READ: AOC Responds To Fresno Grizzlies For Calling Her An ‘Enemy Of Freedom’ Alongside Fidel Castro And Kim Jong Un

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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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Sen. Ted Cruz Faces Backlash Over Insensitive Tweet About Thanksgiving And Covid

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Sen. Ted Cruz Faces Backlash Over Insensitive Tweet About Thanksgiving And Covid

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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has been criticized for misleading the public on Covid. Last week, the Texan faced backlash after criticizing a Democratic senator for wearing a mask while inside the Senate. Covid cases are surging in all states with Texas among the worse, but Sen. Cruz will do anything to protect his Thanksgiving.

Sen. Ted Cruz is taking a big stand in the name of Covid community spread.

The week before Thanksgiving, Sen. Cruz posted a tweet implying his stance to gather for Thanksgiving. Health experts in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging Americans to avoid gatherings and traveling for the holiday season as cases spike to all-time highs.

“Right now, we’re alarmed, again, with the exponential increase in cases and hospitalists and death,” Dr. Henry Walke said in a press conference. “Amidst this critical phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC is recommending against travel during the Thanksgiving period.”

The Republican politician is facing backlash for the insensitivity of the tweet.

Cases of the virus are surging as Americans tire of social distancing with no leadership or assistance from the federal government. Millions of Americans are being forced into renewed lockdown measures to prevent a post holiday surge as cases continue to climb. The U.S. has experienced an 18-day trend of more than 100,000 cases daily.

The U.S. needs to heed the science and experience in Canada. In October, Canadians gathered for Thanksgiving celebrations and it spelled disaster. Six weeks after the holiday, Canada broke Covid records and the country was faced with the worst of the outbreak.

The tweet is more upsetting to people from the senator’s homestate.

El Paso dealt with a devastating spike. The Texas county was hard hit as Covid surged leading to mobile morgues being packed with bodies of Covid victims. County officials were pleading with El Pasoans to do their part in making sure the virus doesn’t spread. Sen. Cruz’s tweet shows a lack of compassion for Texans suffering from the pandemic as Thanksgiving approaches.

Some Twitter users are pointing out Texas’ food crisis creating long lines for food banks.

Texas, which became the first state to record 1 million infections, has seen an increase in the need for food. According to CNN, The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) gave out about 600,000 pounds of food for 25,000 people in the area. Millions are losing unemployment benefits after Covid and the lack of a federal response prompted mass layoffs across the nation in various industries, especially the hospitality industry.

We have to be vigilant as the holidays approach to protect our loved ones.

More than 250,000 people have died from Covid since the virus started to spread in the U.S. More than 12 million Americans have been diagnosed with the virus that Sen. Cruz dismisses. It is important to remember that you need to wear masks, social distance, and wash your hands to slow the virus’ spread. We are getting closer to a vaccine but we still have to put in the work to protect ourselves.

READ: Several California Politicians Go Against Covid Guidelines In Last Couple Weeks Sparking Outrage

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