“It can be very empowering to say, ‘Make fun of me. Do it … Do what you’re gonna do. Act more and more childish. Just do it, because you’re not gonna stop,’” the freshman lawmaker from New York recently . ”‘You’re just not gonna stop this movement. You’re not gonna do it.’”

The smears haven’t stopped Ocasio-Cortez.

“When you bust out that door and you’re like, ‘No, I’m not going to let you make me feel that way’ ― it’s kind of jarring. It’s like, ‘Wait, she’s not stopping, and she’s supposed to stop,’” she told Vanity Fair. 

Ocasio-Cortez added that she believes people really underestimated her when she first started running for office. Now, she said, conservatives are threatened by

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