“Like, why are so many grown men just obsessed with this 29-year-old?”
During a Thursday appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it was “weird” that so many grown men are “obsessed” with her.
Ocasio-Cortez was responding to a question by host Seth Meyers regarding Fox News’ alleged obsession with the freshman congresswoman.
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“I mean, it’s weird. Like, why are so many grown men just obsessed with this 29-year-old?” she replied before taking a suggestive pause that elicited laughs from the studio audience.
“No, but I think it’s really funny, and the conspiracy theories are great,” she added.
Meyers then brought up recent remarks from Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee, in which he said there had been “some allegations” that Ocasio-Cortez “was almost like the Manchurian Candidate” due to how “recruited” and “prepared” she seemed.
The Bronx native laughingly denied she was a Manchurian Candidate and shifted praise to her “amazing staff,” touting the highly publicized living wage paid by her office.
“We don’t pay less than $52,000 a year, which means so far two of my staffers have been able to quit their second jobs in restaurants and be fully present at work,” she said. “And so I hope it’s a lesson to the folks on the other side of the aisle that if you pay your staff, you’ll be prepared.”
The topic of Ocasio-Cortez’s physical features, and conservatives’ purported fixation on it, has come up before. Speaking to The New Yorker editor David Remnick, in an interview published earlier this month, she said that her critics hate her because she’s a “pretty idiot” to them – but also because they are allegedly threatened by her power.
“I am as powerful as a man, and it drives them crazy,” said the freshman Democrat from New York.
Remnick purported to reconcile the two somewhat contradictory attempts at psychoanalysis, saying: “In the cartoon being painted of her, Ocasio-Cortez is both ideologically monstrous and intellectually limited.”
He also mocked conservatives’ sometimes-“creepy” opposition to her, using former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka’s “sweaty, two hour rant” Saturday at CPAC as an example.
Ocasio-Cortez – who is a near-constant and combative presence on social media and in the press – bemoaned the burden her political celebrity. She said that being both “America’s greatest villain” and “the new hope” is a distraction from her important policy work.
“It feels like an extra job,” she said. “And it’s pretty tiring. I’m just a normal person.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to elaborate on how her various identities supposedly trigger her critics, and how she predicted it would be this way.
“I knew that I was not going to be liked. I’m a Democrat. I’m a woman. I’m a young woman,” she said.
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