Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CNN that she feared being murdered and even raped during the Capitol insurrection as Trump supporters violently stormed the building on January 6th. Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded by disrespecting and laughing at her.
Ocasio-Cortez has been very open about her experience during the insurrection. The Trump supporters were not only trying to overthrow democracy, they were looking for lawmakers to murder along the way. Forced to hide in an office with fellow lawmakers, AOC thought she would die that day.
As a female lawmaker, Ocasio-Cortez also understandably feared being sexually assaulted by these violent terrorists, many of whom have likely fantasized about raping her.
During his white nationalist-endorsed show, Carlson once again launched a vile attack on AOC and laughed at her fear.
“Occasionally, Sandy Cortez tells us about her lived experience on January 6th,” Carlson said, disrespecting Ocasio-Cortez by not referring to her by her actual name.
“During a recent special on CNN, Sandy Cortez — did she ever stop talking about herself, by the way? She explained she wasn’t simply afraid of being murdered by Ashli Babbitt. She was also worried about being raped,” he continued. “Sexualizing? Get a therapist, honey! This is crazy.”
What’s crazy is a Fox News host laughing at and mocking a female lawmaker who legitimately feared being raped and murdered by a mob of conservatives who hate her and have threatened her.
Carlson then defended the terrorists.
“These people are mad because they thought the election was unfair,” he said. “Now you may disagree with that, but it wasn’t about you, surprise surprise. Sexualized violence — I was going to be raped by Ashli Babbitt.”
Ocasio-Cortez was not specifically referring to Babbitt, who was rightfully shot and killed by Capitol Police for trying to break into the House chamber as lawmakers were still being evacuated. She was referring to her fear of being raped by any of the rioters. Also, even women can commit rape or aid a rapist.
Carlson cannot say what would have happened to Ocasio-Cortez had the mob broke into that office and found her hiding in there. His defense of the mob is unacceptable and his attack on AOC is just as disgusting as his previous attack on her, perhaps even more so.
AOC shamed Carlson in response.
I couldn’t care less about what this talking inferiority complex has to say, but I do feel for the women and survivors in his life who now see they wouldn’t be believed or safe with him.
Many survivors of assault don’t tell family, friends, etc bc of how they see others treated. https://t.co/hfB6GSIAWm
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 13, 2021
And other Twitter users ripped Carlson and called for him to be fired.
This is Tucker Carlson today laughing at @AOC‘s fears of being raped on January 6. He laughs about it.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) August 13, 2021
— tim a (@babbles) August 13, 2021
Domestic terrorists with zip ties were attempting to capture, prosecute, and execute political leaders. Tucker Carlson’s show should be cancelled for mocking AOC’s legitimate concerns. @FoxNews @TuckerCarlson
— Blueskydriving 🇺🇸 (@blueskydriving) August 13, 2021
— 🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚 (@stinaxlynn85) August 13, 2021
I remember on Jan 6 having a conversation with my husband that I was terrified they would find AOC and other members of the squad because I knew that rape and humiliation would be their sole agenda for women who challenge their white, male position! @TuckerCarlson @AOC
— Adieface (@TaggartAdrienne) August 13, 2021
Tucker Carlson to grown adult AOC: “Get a therapist, honey.”
So, let’s be clear. Rape isn’t funny. Mental health isn’t funny. Sexism isn’t funny.
And what price will the weasel Tucker pay? None, as usual. Fox News honchos let him do whatever he wants, no matter how damaging. pic.twitter.com/l0KjKY8cyJ
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) August 13, 2021
This sort of televised abuse is never OK. @TuckerCarlson needs to go. @FoxNews needs to go. Don’t buy goods from their advertisers and don’t watch. There is a whole world of media to choose from. Vote with your remote. Vote with your wallets. Speak up so sponsors know your choice
— 2covet (@2covet) August 13, 2021
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