All eyes are always on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. People on the right are waiting for her to mess up so they can quickly shame her on social media, and people on the left have her on a pedestal hoping she stays true to her grassroots approach. It’s astonishing to see a political figure, who’s garnered so much clout so fast, be attacked and hailed largely. It’s as if people have forgotten that she was elected to do a job, not to be a celebrity. But this latest move of intrusiveness aimed at Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is forcing her to say enough is enough.
The congresswoman is getting criticized by both liberal and conservative media outlets for moving into an upscale neighborhood and luxury apartment building in Washington D.C. As one outlet said: “The neighborhood also contains a Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon, the company Ocasio-Cortez has railed against for its corporate practices.”
The issue here is not about where she chooses to live, but instead about outing information that could affect her life. Yesterday, police arrested a U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant named Christopher Hasson for planning a “domestic terrorist attack,” and one of the people he was targetting was Ocasio-Cortez.
According to NPR, Hasson is a “self-described white nationalist” from Maryland, who had been acquiring firearms since 2017. His attack included many Democratic politicians including “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Richard Blumenthal, Maxine Waters and former House member, Beto O’Rourke. The spreadsheet list also included MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough, as well as Don Lemon and Van Jones from CNN,” NPR reports.
Court records show that Hasson wrote an email in 2017 in which he said: “I am dreaming of a way to kill every last person on earth” and added, “Much blood will have to be spilled to get whitey off the couch…They will die as will the traitors who actively work toward our demise.”
Newsweek reports that Hasson’s internet search included “Where in D.C. do Congress live?” and “Best place in D.C. to see Congress people.”
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted yesterday: “Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter. All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn’t a game.”
Hopefully, everyone on both sides will let up on Ocasio-Cortez’s personal life and let her do the job she’ was elected to do.