Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admits to the NY Times that she is sometimes unsure if she wants to remain in politics. The Democratic Rep was being interviewed by the NY Times and she was referred to as one of the more popular voices in the Democratic side of politics. The interviewer asked about what to expect from AOC in the next four years.
AOC seemed uncertain of her own future in politics, suggesting that she’ll have more answers going through the possible change of presidents and a pending possible transition. She explained that the last few years were quite hostile, stressful, and even violent.
There’s one part of the interview where Ocasio-Cortez suggests that she may not receive support from her own party, and that it’s possible her own party sees her as the enemy.
She was asked by the NY Times, “you are diagnosing national trends. You’re maybe the most famous voice on the left currently. What can we expect from you in the next four years?” That’s when she said, “I don’t know. I think I’ll have probably more answers as we get through transition, and to the next term. How the party responds will very much inform my approach and what I think is going to be necessary.”
She added more information to the answer. The next question was “is there a universe in which they’re hostile enough that we’re talking about a Senate run in a couple years?” AOC replied, “I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.”
When asked why, she replied with “It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy. When your own colleagues talk anonymously in the press and then turn around and say you’re bad because you actually append your name to your opinion. I chose to run for re-election because I felt like I had to prove that this is real.”