In an interview with The New York Times  published yesterday, socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) complained she didn’t seem to belong with her fellow Democrats.
The column, which focused on AOC’s alleged adaptation to Washington politics, claims she initially came to D.C. planning to promote “a platform for [her] divisive, outsider brand of politics,” but has since shifted to “a careful political calculus that adheres more closely to the unwritten rules of Washington she once disdained.”
Our question: Does The Times really think someone who calls illegal immigrant holding centers “concentration camps” and who refers to everyone who opposes her politics as Nazis is adhering to entrenched decorum?
AOC insists she’s a martyr of sorts for the cause.
“In many ways, I feel like I walk around with a scarlet letter because many members who just have any primary, whether I know about it or not, tend to project that onto me,” she asserted.
Read @CatieEdmondson  on how AOC, chastened by Democrats’ reaction to her insurgent style, has started to play it safer. “I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized.” https://t.co/CDKEgaZ5cc 
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) September 18, 2019 
“In many ways, I feel like I walk through that body as a symbol of someone who should not be there and a threat to the way power is organized.”
Ah, to be blissfully unaware of the fact that one is actually a “threat” — as not every Democrat wants to be linked to an ignorant, incompetent, and insufferable zealot like AOC.
Oh, and you also have a tendency to tick people off.
Ocasio-Cortez has a history of making incendiary comments and taking controversial actions when it comes to respected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
There was her first day of orientation on Capitol Hill — when the darling of the resistance joined dozens of students for a climate change protest  at Pelosi’s office.
Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins sit-in in Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office calling for efforts to combat climate change: “We don’t have a choice.” https://t.co/uEMkN3JpIz  pic.twitter.com/tMaaFGL0hR 
— ABC News (@ABC) November 13, 2018 
There was the time she insisted she was the real “boss” of the Democrat Party.
Ocasio-Cortez declares “I’m the Boss… How ’bout that!” while claiming that no one else has tried to come up with climate change policy before the Green New Deal.
Apparently she’s never seen @TheDemocrats  policy platform… ever.
This infighting is going to be fun to watch. pic.twitter.com/AV1TgRa5kU 
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 24, 2019 
There was the time she complained Pelosi was working her too hard. 
“I was assigned to two of some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees,” she whined. “So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.”
There was the time she insinuated Pelosi and anyone who opposes her is racist.
Responding to comments that the speaker made about the squad’s inability to accomplish anything legislatively, Ocasio-Cortez said, “It was just outright disrespectful … The explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Maybe the fact that she continually acts like an unhinged victim is why her colleagues don’t think she belongs there.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider  and is used by permission.
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