Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained the seeming contradiction of collaborating with a Republican congressman she claims brought threats to her life.
The New York Democrat was asked about conversing on the House floor with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) after his meme.
CNN reporter John Berman, filling in for Anderson Cooper on the network’s program “Anderson Cooper 360,” interviewed Ocasio-Cortez Friday.
Gosar posted an anime video to his Twitter account in November that depicted a representation of him taking a sword to Ocasio-Cortez. The NY Democrat responded shortly after the Gosar video, which he had captioned “My teamwork’s creativity is off the hook,” was posted.
“A creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a November interview with The Verge.
Twitter allowed the content to remain online but the congressman’s staff removed the controversial tweet.
Fast-forward a few months and the two congressional members are speaking animatedly with each other on the House floor. They agreed that Kevin McCarthy should not be elected Speaker of the House and the common goal paved a path to communicate with each other.
Ocasio-Cortez added that, while she worked with Gosar to achieve a common goal, she was “uncomfortable” serving with Gosar and other MAGA-identifying members of Congress because they engage in “stochastic terrorism” against her.
Berman asked her more about that and whether Gosar ever apologized for the video.
“There was sort of almost a smile somewhere in there, at least talking in an animated way,” Berman prefaced the question: “Should we take this to mean that you have — you’re okay with what he did, or he apologized to you?”
“No, no, there was never an apology,” she responded. “But I think what a lot of people sometimes fail to understand is that when a workplace has been made unsafe for a person, it is then up to that individual to try to survive on their own. This is not an institution that protects — this is not a party that protects people that they disagree with.”
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