AOC says her office struggles to keep up with the 'astronomical' level of daily threats that she receives: NYT

Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez of New York.AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
AOC told the New York Times its office is struggling to keep up with the "astronomical" scale of the threats.
The congresswoman told the newspaper it took 2.5 years to get additional collateral.
She also expressed that members with lower seniority would be disadvantaged if threatened.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said her congressional office is struggling to keep up with the "astronomical" level of threatening messages she receives every day, according to the New York Times.
ADVERTISEMENT
Recently, The Times examined the increasing number of threats members of Congress have received in recent years, particularly following the January 6, 2021 United States Capitol riots.
Ocasio-Cortez, a second-term New York Democrat, told the newspaper that it took two and a half years to get additional security from Capitol Police, despite the high level of threats she has received in the past.
After the department saw a tweet they perceived as "threatening," officials decided to give Ocasio-Cortez additional protection. But the congresswoman was taken aback by the timing of the decision.
"When I saw what it was, I thought, 'I've gotten so much worse,'" she told the Times. "Why now?"
ADVERTISEMENT
Ocasio-Cortez said her office has been struggling to keep up with the increased level of threats, something party leaders have told her overall more than virtually any other member except for Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
The Times reported that staffers who answer the phone at Ocasio-Cortez's Washington, DC, office of Congress — some of whom are fresh out of high school — are often required to decipher and report whether a message is threatening.
Ocasio-Cortez has chosen to support threat assessment efforts by having her office produce a daily document that includes the images of men who sent threatening messages so she can more easily identify and avoid such individuals, so the Times.
Since last year, the congresswoman has spent over $120,000 on security measures, according to data examined by The Times.
ADVERTISEMENT
According to The Times, Capitol Police upholds the Supreme Court's interpretation of a threat that "would constitute statements in which the speaker wishes to convey a genuine expression of intent to commit an unlawful act of violence against a specific individual or group of individuals. "
Ocasio-Cortez told The Times that the system penalizes members with less seniority as they often face threats but lack the funds to pay for enhanced security services.
"You now have the additional responsibility of providing and raising your own financial resources for your own safety," she said.
Read the original article on Business Insider
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
US representative from New York

Last News

Sen. Raphael Warnock Is Finally Going for the Jugular in Georgia Senate Battle

Sen. Raphael Warnock Is Finally Going for the Jugular in Georgia Senate Battle

Japan court rules same-sex marriage ban constitutional

5 cars Joe Biden's Secret Service rented in Nantucket burst into flames a day after they were returned: report

5 cars Joe Biden's Secret Service rented in Nantucket burst into flames a day after they were returned: report

This South Korean Football Player Has Gone Viral After His 2022 FIFA World Cup Appearance