Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) made fun of Sarah Palin in a Twitter video this past Thursday. She told the previous vice presidential candidate to call a “special hotline” if she is upset with her.
In the video, AOC said:” Does my existence make you mad? Does the fact that yes, I am a mouthpiece for the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District, upset you? Well, I have help for you. Call 1-800-CRY-NOW. That’s 1-800-CRY-NOW.”
What Was AOC’s Tweet in Response To?
AOC’s tweet was in response to a video of Palin criticizing her during a Fox News interview. Palin went after AOC after her interview with Anderson Cooper, where she questioned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s knowledge of basic biology and criticized his state’s stringent new law that prohibits abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The Texas law was put into effect last Wednesday. It bans abortions during a time when many people do not know they are pregnant. The law is so strict that it doesn’t even make any exceptions for cases of rape or incest, and it depends on private citizens instead of state officials to implement and enforce the ban.
For more context on this interview, you can read our previous article about AOC using inclusive language and then being criticized for it.
Palin, a Republican and former governor of Alaska, had some words for AOC’s comments.
“Wow AOC, she’s really milking this, isn’t she? She’s such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point.”
She also added:
“It just makes my stomach sick what she has done. She should be embarrassed. She’s milking the whole female thing. And as a real feminist, I’m embarrassed for her.”
Palin is another right-winged figure who has criticized AOC’s comments this past week.
AOC responded on social media, addressing not only Palin’s wildly ridiculous claims but also critics who call her “a mouthpiece for [her] handlers.”
The congressional lawmaker provided an explanation fo why she used the term “menstruating people” on Twitter:
“Trans men & non-binary people can also menstruate. Some women also * don’t* menstruate for many reasons, including surviving cancer that required a hysterectomy.”
“Republicans who are mad at this are protecting the patriarchal idea that women are most valuable as uterus holders.”
Who Else Has Criticized AOC’s Advocacy of the LGBTQ+ Community?
J.D. Vance (author of Hillbilly Elegy), who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, also mocked AOC’s comment, but it was regarding two-spirit people this time. He claimed that AOC was “inventing” new terms for LGBTQ+ identities.
In a tweet, Vance said: “I’m sorry but what the hell is two-spirit? Would love it if progressives just stopped inventing words.”
However, Vance was instead ridiculed because two-spirit identity has a long history in Native American and Indigenous communities.
According to the Human Rights Campaign in a 2020 post:
“Research shows that more than 150 different pre-colonial Native American tribes acknowledged third genders in their communities.” North American Indigenous people were identifying beyond the gender binary long before Europeans reached the Americas, just as many indigenous tribes around the world did.”
Even the government that Vance is hoping to become elected in has a definition for two-spirit people. The Indian Health Service (IHS) website states :
“Traditionally, Native American two-spirit people were male, female, and sometimes intersexed individuals who combined activities of both men and women with traits unique to their status as two-spirit people. In most tribes, they were considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status.”
Many Native American tribes were inclusive of LGBTQ+ relationships or identities before European colonizers forced them into adapting Western ideals of gender and sexuality.
However, many Native American cultures still use the term two-spirit which encompasses various LGBTQ+ identities that exist in North American Indigenous tribes.
How Is AOC Positively Contributing to the Texas Abortion Situation?
One fantastic thing to come out of AOC’s clap backs against Republicans criticizing her is that she has helped raise funds for Texas grassroots pro-choice organizers. She has created a website that raises funds for abortion services and reproductive health providers in Texas. So far, this campaign has raised more than $250,000.
Ocasio-Cortez noted Friday that more than 4,000 people had donated to her fundraising campaigns thus far, with contributions going to organizations like the Texas Equal Access Fund, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, and Fund Texas Choice.
Palin’s comments should come as no surprise as she has been openly transphobic, against trans rights, supported ESPN analyst Curt Schilling after he shared a transphobic meme, and is against transgender athletes competing in athletic events.
Palin, in general, has not been supportive of the LGBTQ+ community as a whole. For example, she has long opposed the same-sex marriage with the outdated reasoning that it should be “between one man and one woman.