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Life in a Shanty Town

February 5 · Issue #275 · View online
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As someone who survived 9/11, albeit not *inside* the World Trade Center, I could empathize with AOC when she said that she feared she would die during the Capitol riot, even though she wasn’t there.
Theoretically, anyone who was alive during the Capitol riot could have died that day. How is that not scary?
As it turns out, AOC wasn’t in the Capitol during the riot on January 6th. She was in her office, which is in a separate building. Is her office in a separate building because she’s Hispanic? That might be more of an issue than the riot itself.
At the time, she said that she was afraid she was going to die. Which I think most people took to mean that she was barricaded in one of the rooms in the Capitol during the riot, like Nancy Pelosi et al., and there was an actual possibility she could be killed.
Since then, I’ve seen people on Twitter talk about how AOC could have been killed during the riot, and she probably hasn’t done as much as she could to correct them. Which, who can blame her? I’d probably do the same thing, if anyone were to ever say anything nice about me that (obviously) wasn’t true.
But then she had the sheer balls to go on Instagram Live and tell the Capitol riot story over again, like she’s trying to get free drinks in a bar, again not being as clear as she could be about the fact that she wasn’t even there. She may have been counting on how good she looks in a sweater to absolve her of any criticism.
One of the main people criticizing AOC is a white Republican congresswoman named Nancy Mace, and it’s easy enough to see why she’s upset with her.
Mace is nice and pale, as I’ve been conditioned to appreciate, and she fills out a dress quite nicely. She might be in the top 5 hottest Congresswomen, and I only hesitate to say because I don’t follow politics closely enough to even know who’s in Congress.
She’s 15 years older than AOC and appears to be about one quarantine-free summer away from her first melanoma, if there’s not already one I’m not aware of (I’d be willing to take a look), so it’s not really fair to compare the two. But sometimes life isn’t fair.
On January 6th, Mace herself said she was afraid she was going to die, even though she wasn’t anywhere near the riot either. Since then, she’s clowned AOC on Twitter, pointing out that her office is two doors down from AOC, and there was no riot in that building.
Aww dang…
The best case scenario would be if this beef led to Mace being promoted as the Republican equivalent of AOC, if only so she can be on TV more often, and maybe the two of them could resolve their beef by wrestling in a kiddie pool filled with Jello like in the movie Stripes.
People are also criticizing AOC for drawing the obvious connection between the Capitol riot and a brutal (I’m assuming) sexual assault she experienced, which may or may not have been at the moist, clammy, surprisingly large (nullus) hands of Marilyn Manson.
Marilyn Manson was known to throw raw meat on women and then pee on them, so hopefully it wasn’t.
(In his book, which I reviewed on Goodreads, Manson says that Trent Reznor was there and participated, but Reznor says that’s a damn lie, and I’m tempted to believe him. No need to destroy two careers this week.)
Only one guy on Twitter that I saw had the temerity to suggest that, as a survivor of sexual assault, AOC shouldn’t receive more credit for being involved in the Capitol riot than other people who were involved in said riot… even though she wasn’t actually involved.
To that guy, and anyone else who would suggest such a thing, I only have but one question: Are you not familiar with the concept of intersectionality?
Take it easy on yourself,

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