As we’ve documented here, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez loves to tout her girl-power badassery while simultaneously playing the victim card at every opportunity. But maybe we’re wrong to place all the blame for that solely on her. Can we really expect her to act like an empowered woman when she’s got journalists like Quartz’s Leah Fessler running interference for her?

Fessler’s piece includes this bit:

Ocasio-Cortez, like so many millennial Americans, has experienced these problems. Yet she refuses to indulge in a victim narrative. She defines herself as a survivor and as a change-maker. As she wrote on Twitter in response to Scarry, “Dark hates light—that’s why you tune it out.”


But seriously, “survivor” seems like a reach on its face. Federalist deputy managing editor Liz Wolfe took issue with Fessler’s phrasing and tried to understand what Fessler was getting at.

Fessler didn’t seem terribly interested in discussing the matter further.


Fessler eventually came back to the conversation:

Nope, it’s not. “Girl from the Bronx” Ocasio-Cortez grew up in Yorktown Heights, which is in Westchester County. But Fessler says that doesn’t count, because it’s all about how you identify. You can be trans-city, apparently.

Because they’re lazy?

It shouldn’t be so difficult to do better.