Electoralism/Democratism

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

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Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez of New York.
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  • AOC told The New York Times her office can barely keep up with the “astronomical” level of threats.
  • The congresswoman told the newspaper it took her 2.5 years to receive additional security.
  • She also expressed that members with less seniority are at a disadvantage if they receive threats.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said her congressional office struggles to keep pace with the “astronomical” level of threatening messages that she receives each day, according to The New York Times.

Recently, The Times examined the increased amount of threats that members of Congress have received in recent years, especially after the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Ocasio-Cortez, a second-term New York Democrat, told the newspaper that it took two and half years for her to obtain added security from the Capitol Police, despite the high level of threats she had already received in the past.

After the department saw a tweet it perceived as “threatening,” officials decided to grant Ocasio-Cortez additional protection. But the congresswoman was dumbfounded by the timing of the decision.

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