On Friday, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took to the airways to lampoon the upcoming book “Take Up Space: The Precedented AOC” written by New York Magazine’s editing team.
Tucker said, “Now, a hagiography of Sandy Cortez is like a box of Fig Newtons. You know it's wrong to open it, but the temptation is strong, and so we did. And before we knew it, we consumed the whole thing. We still feel sick. So that is what we're opening with tonight, the new Sandy Cortez book.
“Yes, it’s a lighter topic than tyranny in Canada or war in Ukraine,” Tucker continued, “We’ve got limited self-control of stuff like this. It’s an amazing book … It opens by comparing Ocasio-Cortez to Jesus and then it suggests that because she once got second place in a high school science competition, she could have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. It is a remarkable piece of journalism.”
The Fox News host continued by ridiculing the lavish praise heaped onto AOC by the book. He said, “Imagine if you were the person who wrote that. So here's this crazed solipsist filming herself as she puts together a coffee table and eats popcorn, the least-compelling film made since Andy Warhol died, and this is what you call it, "She's shone a bright light on her own complicated, multifaceted self." That's the moment you have to be honest with yourself and say, "It's time for me to retire." By the way, the person who wrote this didn't even perceive how creepy it was.”
Responding to the book’s claim that AOC is “the first politician in history to live fully out loud while female, and the degradations of womanhood are personal to her” and the congresswoman’s claim that “as a woman of color, it’s so hard to be taken seriously,” Tucker said, “There is no place on Earth, outside of American colleges and newsrooms, where Sandy Cortez would be recognized as a ‘woman of color,’ because she’s not. She’s a rich, entitled white lady.”
The congresswoman responded to Tucker’s ridiculing via Twitter.
In early January, after facing charges of hypocrisy for being seen not wearing a mask while vacationing in Florida, AOC suggested that underlying reason people were mad at her was because they wanted to be romantically involved with her.
After Tucker mocked her on-air she suggested that Tucker’s ridicule was akin to sexual harassment. The congresswoman said, “If you’re this easy [with] sexual harassment on air, how are you treating your staff?”