AOC says she won't be president because Americans 'hate women'

"And they hate women of color," she continued.

Updated: September 7, 2022 - 7:47pm

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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed doubt she could ever become president of the United States due to misogyny.

In an interview with GQ magazine, published Wednesday, the congresswoman said her experience has "given [her] a front-row seat to how deeply and unconsciously, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women."

"And they hate women of color," she continued, per the New York Post.

"People ask me questions about the future. And realistically, I can't even tell you if I'm going to be alive in September," she continued. "And that weighs very heavily on me. And it's not just the right wing. Misogyny transcends political ideology: left, right, center."

The New York lawmaker went on to express reservations that she could command enough support in the Democratic Party to shape its ideology and launch a bid for national office, pointing to internal opposition to her initiatives.

"Since I got here, literally day one, even before day one, I've experienced a lot of targeting diminishment from my party," she said. "And the pervasiveness of that diminishment, it was all-encompassing at times. I feel a little more steady on my own two feet now... But would I say that I have the power to shift the elected federal Democratic Party? No."