Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., got a Twitter roast to welcome in 2022 after she claimed "sexual frustrations" are why Republicans are so focused on her.The "Squad" congresswoman erupted on critics online after she was photographed dining in Miami amid a COVID surge in New York City, going off in particular on former Donald Trump adviser Steve Cortes taking a shot at her boyfriend's foot attire."If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet," she tweeted, adding "Ya creepy weirdos." She added, "It’s starting to get old ignoring the very obvious, strange, and deranged sexual frustrations that underpin the Republican fixation on me, women,& LGBT+ people in general. These people clearly need therapy, won’t do it, and use politics as their outlet instead. It’s really weird."Given her enormous social media following, Ocasio-Cortez's stark attack on Republicans drew attention and plenty of heat for suggesting conservative criticism was linked to being attracted to her."I relate to AOC. Literally every criticism of me boils down to people being disappointed they can’t have sex with me. It is indeed a burden, but one we must bear," CNN commentator Mary Katharine Ham quipped.This whole thing just seems bizarrely anti-feminist. So, anytime women's political choices are criticized we can just say it's because people want to sleep them? Can't we just disagree with your tax/climate/mask policies without being involved in this weird sex narrative?" former "View" co-host Meghan McCain tweeted, before deleting."When we weaponise our sexuality to defend our personhood it’s just as easy for our sexuality to immediately be weaponised against us to deny our personhood. A dicey game," journalist Eve Barlow wrote. She also wrote on Friday, "AOC is really out here on the last day of the year pulling the people-disagree-with-me-cos-im-hot … card. Pretty much sums up 2021."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez indicated she likely won't make a White House run, after playing coy about whether she'll challenge Sen. Chuck Schumer next year. 'I struggle with it because I don't want little girls watching or anything like that to like lower their sights or anything in that direction. But for me, I feel that if that was in the scope of my ambition it would chip away at my courage today,' Ocasio-Cortez answered when asked by CNN's Dana Bash if she'd ever run for president. Ocasio-Cortez continued by explaining that her 'courage at the present moment is more important,' as she's able to take tough and controversial positions that she believes are right.'I think what happens a lot in politics is that people are so motivated to run for certain higher office that they compromise in fighting for people today,' the New York lawmaker told Bash as part of the CNN anchor's new series, 'Being … .' 'And the idea is if you can be as clean as a slate or as blank as a slate that it makes it easier for you to run for higher office later on,' she continued. 'And I've decided that being me is more important than being anything else.'But that doesn't mean she's closed the door on seeking higher office. Earlier in the interview Bash asked the New York Democrat whether she'd take on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for his seat next year. 'Here's the thing, is that - I know it drives everybody nuts,' AOC said. 'But the way that I really feel about this and the way that I really approach my politics and my political career is that I do not look at things and I do not set my course positionally.''And I know there's a lot of people who do not believe that,' she continued. 'But I can't operate the way that I operate and do the things that I do in politics while trying to be aspiring to other things or calculating to other things,' she added.