AOC Raises Funds for GQ Cover Story, Knocks Conservative Critics: Performance Is a ‘Key Tool for Progress’

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Rep.’s campaign. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., is raising money amid the outcry from her critics following her appearance on the cover of GQ magazine.

“Alexandria just became the first female politician to be on the cover of GQ,” the campaign began Friday with the fundraiser email.

The email includes an image from Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram story that features her GQ cover alongside Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Barack Obama, which hyperlinks to her ActBlue donation page.

“GQ is an influential men’s magazine and Alexandria took the opportunity to call on men to stand up in the fight for abortion rights,” Team AOC wrote. “Of course conservative commentators were quick to criticize. But, as Alexandria responded on Instagram, people who label important cultural conversations as ‘performative’ or attention-seeking usually don’t want these conversations to be had.”

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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks at a press conference to discuss legislation that would boost Social Security benefits, on Capitol Hill October 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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The campaign went on to champion the concept of an “execution” as an “important tool for progress” throughout history, citing acts of civil disobedience and the appearance of famed writer James Baldwin in 1969 on “The Dick Cavett Show,” where he discussed racism.

“Progress happens in culture. In fact, politics often happens first in culture and then expands,” the AOC campaign wrote before inviting email recipients to read the GQ article.

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During her interview, Ocasio-Cortez said that “so many” Americans “deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously… hate women.” She advocated unrestricted access to abortion, arguing that Democrats must perform well in the midterm elections to fight “the very real threat of fascism.”

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during an International Labor Day protest at Foley Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, May 1, 2022.

US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during an International Labor Day protest at Foley Square in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, May 1, 2022.
(REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

The “Squad” member went even further, predicting that she will not become president because, according to her, Americans “hate women.”

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She also worried that even if she did become president, “there will still be plenty of restrictions,” such as the Senate and Supreme Court, which critics pointed out from the three equal branches of government.

“It’s hard, it’s really hard,” Ocasio-Cortez said of the hypothetical White House.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, DC, US, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Ocasio-Cortez’s name has been repeatedly mentioned as a potential flag bearer for Democrats in the 2024 presidential election, especially if President Biden chooses not to run for re-election.

Another high-profile progressive who the grassroots can turn to is Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who ran against Biden in 2020 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.