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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Stephen Colbert: I Give 'Zero' F*cks
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=39387"><span class="small">Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:33

Wilstein writes: "When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her late-night debut last June on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she was the last guest of the night following Michael Moore, comedian Eric Andre and a special appearance by Jon Stewart."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proved to be the most disruptive new Democrat in decades, striking fear in both Republicans and Democrats. (photo: Hollis Johnson/Business Insider)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proved to be the most disruptive new Democrat in decades, striking fear in both Republicans and Democrats. (photo: Hollis Johnson/Business Insider)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Stephen Colbert: I Give 'Zero' F*cks

By Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast

23 January 19

The freshman congresswoman compared her activism to Martin Luther King Jr., who was also called ‘divisive’ in his day.

hen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her late-night debut last June on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she was the last guest of the night following Michael Moore, comedian Eric Andre and a special appearance by Jon Stewart. Seven months later, the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives was the main event.

Thanks to President Trump, the Bronx-born congresswoman has yet to be in office with the government fully open, meaning that she and her fellow freshmen members “can’t start doing the work we’re elected to do,” she said. “So the downside is that we’re not able to get to work as much as we want to in the beginning, but the bright side is it gives us a lot more free time to make trouble.”

That “trouble” has included her #WheresMitch social media campaign to track down Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and try to force him to call a vote to reopen the government. Now, Ocasio-Cortez has been tapped to teach some of the more seasoned Democrats how to better use platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

“Rule No. 1 is to be authentic, to be yourself and don’t try to be anyone that you’re not,” she told Colbert. “So don’t try to talk like a young kid if you’re not a young kid. Don’t post a meme if you don’t know what a meme is—that was literally my advice, and I said don’t talk like the Founding Fathers on Twitter.”

Ocasio-Cortez also revealed how she chooses who to respond to on Twitter, attempting to make sure she’s not giving the wrong people undue attention. She tends to fire back at “notable” people or “verified” users because she doesn’t “want to go after some innocent bystander.” She added, “If you have a blue check, if you’re in my mentions, if you’re being sassy in a way that I think is unjustified, and if I haven’t eaten in two to three hours,” then watch out.

Later, Colbert pressed her on some of the backlash she’s received from members of her own party who tell her to “wait your turn” and “don’t make waves.” The host said, “I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question. On a scale from zero to some, how many fucks do you give?”

After thinking for a second, Ocasio-Cortez said, “I think it’s zero.”

In response to those who value party unity above all else, she added, “If you think activism is inherently divisive—I mean, today is Martin Luther King Day. And people called Martin Luther King divisive in his time. We forget he was wildly unpopular when advocating for the Civil Rights Act. I think that what we need to realize is that social movements should be the moral compass of our politics.”

Finally, Ocasio-Cortez assured a concerned Colbert that under her controversial 70 percent marginal tax rate, he would not have to surrender “all” of his money. “This is something we often see too, with Fox News,” she said. “It’s like, ‘They want to take all your money!’” She explained that in reality the tax is only on income made after $10 million in one year.

“At what level are we really just living in excess,” Ocasio-Cortez said, “and what kind of society do we want to live in?”

The Late Show audience cheered wildly with approval.

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+10 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-23 11:01
I wondered if RSN would pick up this story. Good to see it here. It is really brave of AOC to give zero fucks about the pressure she's getting from fellow democrats who are demanding that she "wait her turn" or "don't make waves," or "support the party." Falling in line like that will totally neutralize the movement she is a part of and the poster-girl for.

She's been appointed to Elijah Cumming's House Oversight and Reform Committee. Commings has promised to investigate Trump 24/7. In this way AOC will get roped into the Russiagate nonsense with impeachment as the logical next step. All of her democratic socialism will be distracted while on the witch hunt for Trump collusion.

There are so many ways party leaders have to co-opt new and energetic members of congress. AOC will get the worst of all of them. I hope she can sustain her "don't give a fuck" attitude toward Pelosi and the demo party leaders.

I hate to say this but the role model for ACO and other progressives is the Freedom Caucus. They united and threw out Boehner and put one of their own in the Speaker's chair -- Paul Ryan. The Freedom Caucus is politically terrible but their demands on republican leadership were a good move for them. Now AOC and the Progressive Caucus needs to do the same thing to Pelosi, Hoyer, and the rest of the dead wood at the top of the party.
+2 # wrknight 2019-01-23 13:16
Rod, Can I give you two thumbs up?
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-23 14:40
I need all the thumbs up I can get. I'll take two toes up, too.
-5 # Rezzy9966 2019-01-23 13:19
Hey BOT it's AOC not ACO.
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-23 15:04
Rezzy -- yes, thanks for noting my typo. I make a lot of them. Maybe you can point them all out. It would improve my comments significantly. We could be co-authors.
+22 # The Eternal Optimist 2019-01-23 13:54
There is much in what you say. With the U.N. saying that we have twelve years left to escape climate disaster, the Democrats are largely ignoring the crisis (the Republicans are so removed from reality that they're simply Satanic). They, true to form, are opposing rather than embracing the true progressives (e.g. AOC) who are our only hope.

It remains to be seen how successfully this wonderful young woman can resist being dragged down by the dynamics you refer to; we can hope, and WE CAN SUPPORT HER AND THE OTHER REAL PROGRESSIVES IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. Which I think will mean filling the streets and as AOC says, "shaking the table".

There simply isn't time for the usual "gradual" approach. Either we now change radically and immediately and do things right, or we're going over the Big Cliff.

The 2020 election will be a full on zoo. The Democrats are, again, handling themselves so badly that they could actually, again, allow Trump to "win". But that's another story...
+5 # librarian1984 2019-01-24 07:18
It's interesting that all the outspoken progressives have been assigned to the Oversight Committee: AOC, Khanna, Tlaib and Pressley, and I too worry about it being used to rope-a-dope them.

Cummings, the committee chair, notably, tarnished his own legacy to attack Bernie Sanders in 2016.
+24 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-01-23 15:13
Progressives really do need to stand together and protect each other from attacks and insults coming from establishment democrats, the mainstream right wing media, and republicans.

Max Boot called AOC another Sarah Palin, suggesting that she is an air-head with a hot body.

NYT columnist Bari Weiss attacked Tulsi Gabbard, calling her Assad's toadie:

"During an interview with Joe Rogan earlier this week, New York Times columnist Bari Weiss called Hawaii representative and prospective Democratic Party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard an “Assad toady.” But when challenged on it, Weiss couldn’t define the term or even spell it, much less substantiate the accusation itself.

Weiss, an opinion columnist for the New York Times, went on the radio show The Joe Rogan Experience on Monday to discuss current events, but things got embarrassing when she went in on Gabbard, a progressive Democrat whose foreign policy positions have turned more than a few heads."

We need to come to the defense of Progressives from these obvious hatchmen and women of the ruling elites.
+11 # DongiC 2019-01-24 05:44
AOC is a very gifted woman with an exceedingly important mission. Mess with her and suffer the consequences. The voters are way ahead of the political pro's on this issue as AOC's most recent opponent sadly discovered. It is no longer business as usual. There is a new gun in town; indeed, several. The times they are a changing. 'bout time.
+2 # Darthvadersmom 2019-01-26 12:47
I adore her and, yes, we need to stand up for in every possible way. And thanks, RSN, for this post!