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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks she has discovered exactly why critics have a problem with her


Sure, why not?

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Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) believes that her critics are uncomfortable with her because she's a powerful woman.

What did she say?

During a recent interview with the New Yorker, Ocasio-Cortez said that she's using her power to combat sexism and everything else she believes is plaguing America.

The interview, which was published on Monday, also touched on the harassment she receives on a daily basis.

"The idea that a woman can be as powerful as a man is something that our society can't deal with," she said. "But I am as powerful as a man and it drives them crazy."

Ocasio-Cortez explained that her critics and their negative remarks have hit a fevered pitch.

"It feels like an extra job," she said about facing regular criticism. "I've got a full-time job in Congress and then I moonlight as America's greatest villain, or as the new hope. And it's pretty tiring.

"I'm just a normal person," the congresswoman insisted. "I knew that I was not going to be liked. I'm a Democrat. I'm a woman. I'm a young woman. A Latina. And I'm a liberal, a [Democratic Socialists of America] member.

"This ravenous hysteria — it's really getting to a level that is kind of out of control," she added. "It's dangerous and even scary. I have days when it seems some people want to stoke just enough out of it to have just enough plausible deniability if something happens to me."

What else?

Ocasio-Cortez said that she even believes President Donald Trump is intimidated by her presence in Congress.

"I can see Trump being enormously upset that a 29-year-old Latina, who is the daughter of a domestic worker, is helping to build the case to get his financial records," she confided. "I think that adds insult to injury to him."

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