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AOC Told Her Sexual Assault Story. Then the Backlash Happened.

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17.06.2022

Commentary Violence

Feb 3, 2021, 9:00am Danielle Campoamor

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For abortion advocates, hearing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez share the trauma she endured during the Capitol insurrection, while revealing that she is a sexual assault survivor, was all too familiar.

After Ocasio-Cortez shared these often heartbreaking and excruciating details in a nearly 90-minute Instagram Live video on Monday night, the sentiments of support and solidarity were almost immediate—as was the inevitable backlash.

“These folks who tell us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what’s happened, or even telling us to apologize—these are the same tactics of abusers. And I’m a survivor of sexual assault,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I haven’t told many people that in my life. But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other.”

Michael Tracey, a self-described roving journalist, tweeted that he took that as “a masterclass in emotional manipulation. A genuine political/rhetorical skill. Gotta hand it to her.”

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Tracey followed up his (tired and all-too-expected) comment with a series of defensive tweets, including one that read: “To all those lashing out in deliberate bad faith, I wasn’t specifically referring to her sexual assault claim here—but rather to the entire interweaving presentation, where invoking ‘trauma’ automatically mandates accepting a politician’s incendiary claims at face value.”

What exactly Tracey considers to be........

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