Fox News host Tucker Carlson mocked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during his show on Friday in response to an early copy that he received of New York Magazine’s new book on her, “Take Up Space: The Unprecedented AOC.”
“The book opens by comparing Ocasio-Cortez to Jesus, and then it suggests that because she once got second place in a high school science competition, she could have gone on to win the Nobel Prize,” Carlson said.
Carlson’s senior producer, Alex McCaskill, read off parts of the book during the show, including:
- “To say she is a feminist is to understate the facts. Ocasio-Cortez is the first politician in history to live fully out loud while female. And the degradations of womanhood are personal to her.”
- “On the day of the House vote, Ocasio-Cortez stood up in the chamber, again wearing all white. She looked like a prophet or a medium tapping a deep well of popular fury.”
- “Ocasio-Cortez would have been well aware of her impact on others. Her rhetoric could be confrontational and her politics countercultural, but her appearance conformed to society’s conventions. With her wide-apart eyes, arched brows, and tawny complexion, she could have modeled for a skin-care line—and, in fact, later capitalized on these assets by shooting a makeup tutorial for Vogue.”
- “On this night, and again during another session assembling Ikea furniture in July, she shone a bright light on her own complicated, multifaceted self. In that video, Ocasio-Cortez looks thin. Her trousers sag. She is wearing her glasses, and her hair is up in a sloppy, just-about-to-wash-my face bun. She is wearing an old moto jacket and is sitting on the floor of her unfurnished apartment eating a bowl of popcorn and drinking a glass of wine. For dessert, she has a small pack of fruit snacks, sent to her in bulk by Roberts’ mother. She has no agenda, nothing in particular to get off her chest. It really is as if she were exhausted and wanting to talk. ‘I’m alone today,’ she says pointedly at the camera.”
- “She offered the reassuring warmth of Oprah; the fire-and-brimstone of Jonathan Edwards; the inspiration of John F. Kennedy; the intimacy of an FDR fireside chat. It was exhausting and reassuring and scary and comforting and extremely weird.”
“No one has done more personally to degrade American womanhood than Sandy Cortez has,” Carlson said. “She’s living proof that 60 years of feminist liberation did not work. Sandy Cortez is not empowered. She’s neurotic and silly. She’s far more frivolous than any 1950s housewife ever was. June Cleaver was a more serious person, at least she made dinner.”
“The funniest of all was hearing Cortez describe herself as a ‘woman of color.’ She often does. No one ever dares to challenge that description, but every honest person knows it is hilariously absurd,” Carlson later added. “There is no place on earth, outside of American colleges and newsrooms, where Sandy Cortez would be recognized as a quote, ‘woman of color.’ Because she’s not. She’s a rich, entitled white lady. She’s the pampered, obnoxious ski bunny in the matching snow suit who tells you to pull up your mask while you’re standing in the lift line at Jackson Hole. They’re all the same. It doesn’t matter what shade they are.”
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