Amid growing threats to US lawmakers, US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the danger to her life was “very real”, as she pointed out about the political violence in the United States, which comes to undergo mid-term elections.
Appearing on CNN’s ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace’, Ms Ocasio-Cortez said she felt her life was in danger since her victory in New York’s 14th congressional district election in 2018 and that she had further “intensified” after joining Congress.
“When I wake up in the morning, I’m hesitant to walk my dog. That means when I get home, I have to ask my fiancé to come to where my car is to just walk me from my car to my doorstep. entrance,” said Ocasio-Cortez, who in January 2019 was sworn in as the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress.
“It’s a very real dynamic, and very sadly and tragically, we’ve seen political violence play out,” she said when asked if her life was in danger.
“That means there’s just — a general layout where you feel like there’s almost static electricity around you,” CNN quoted her as saying.
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, who won re-election in New York’s 14th District, said living under constant threat to her life influenced her political journey.
His comments come in the wake of the attack on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi. On October 28, 2022, Paul Pelosi was assaulted by a man, causing serious injuries, including a fractured skull for which he underwent surgery.
After the attack on Pelosi and ahead of the midterm elections, US President Joe Biden called on Americans to stand up for democracy.
“My fellow Americans, we are facing a defining moment, an inflection point. And we must – with an overwhelming and unified voice – speak up as a country and say there is no place – no room — for voter intimidation or political violence in America, whether directed against Democrats or Republicans,” Mr. Biden said in his Nov. 2 address.
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