There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, 222 of which are Democrats, 121 of which are women, 31 of whom are under 40, and 124 of whom are Americans of color. For Tucker Carlson of Fox News, however, there is only one member of the House of Representatives: a young, progressive Latina woman, and each of those facts about her seems to truly bother Carlson.
He’s refused to acknowledge her race by referring to her as Sandy Cortez. He’s insinuated that her age makes her too ignorant to work in government. He’s attacked her political ideology, relentlessly attacking her specifically even though she is not the only representative with those ideals. Now, once again, he’s attacking her for being a woman by sexually harassing her on air.
Carlson opened his show on Friday night by saying that a video AOC posted saying that she was alone and felt alone sometimes was an implied invitation for a “booty call,” hyper-sexualizing her and telling his viewers how badly she wants sex. Of course, the fixation that Carlson and other Fox News personalities have with Ocasio-Cortez has made her one of the most threatened members of Congress with frequent threats of death and other forms of violence logged by security every day.
Ocasio-Cortez pointed out in her response that Carlson’s characterization of her and his comments have no relevance to political commentary. In fact, they’re nothing more than a form of sexual harassment that has no place on television and even less in journalism.
Twitter had a lot of comments to make to both AOC and Tucker Carlson. Read some of their comments below: