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New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made it through a year with historic implications: the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic downturn, Black Lives Matter protests, a presidential election, an attempted coup, and the latest iteration of an ongoing border crisis, among countless more headlines.

In an intimate, in-person interview with Latino USA host Maria Hinojosa, Ocasio-Cortez —or AOC, as she’s often called— opens up about some of these major moments. She discusses the lasting impact of the January 6 Capitol riots, and the need to recognize and process trauma in the weeks and months after the insurrection. The congresswoman also talks about what she’s been doing and witnessing as the world collectively lived through a global pandemic. Her district, New York’s 14 in the Bronx and Queens, is home to a large Black, Brown, and immigrant community. It was also among the hardest hit areas as COVID-19 raged through New York City last year. AOC was often on the ground, delivering food and supplies to those in need.

Ocasio-Cortez also goes deep about her personal identity, and her thoughts on being a young, influential Latina in U.S. politics. She addresses the question of being “Latina enough,” touches on the role of American history in shaping our ideas of identity and legacy, and underscores the importance of learning about our own communities.

Featured image by AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana.

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13 thoughts on “Masks Off With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    1. You really should listen to her interview before demonstrating your stupidity. Obviously you never even bothered to listen and hear her gentle and compassionate reasoning.

  1. AOC is an absolute piece of garbage the fact that she would claimed but she is now served in war because of January 6th it’s nothing short of pathetic it’s a slap in the face to any veteran who has ever served for this country

    1. “she would claimed but she is now served in war”

      Please try again.

      And no, Gulf War II is not the only known cause of post-traumatic stress disorder.

    2. AOC states in the interview that there were “members of Congress who served in war”, not herself. Your comment tells me you never listened to her interview. You slapped the face of every veteran that I knew who served in Vietnam with your closed-mindedness.

    3. Clearly you didn’t listen to the interview, but just wandered here from a smear site to repeat some distortions. She never claims to have served in war. She only says there are other members of Congress who did.

  2. God bless, she’s a stupid, fragile little drama llama. The perfect symbol of both New York and Marxism. Move to Cuba and see how you like it.

  3. She is an insult to America’s intelligence and should get off her high horse and do something constructive instead of trying to lean unto progressive work.

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