AOC tells the NY TImes “I don’t even know if I want to be in politics” because “It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence”

In an interview with the NY Times, social media star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the publication “I don’t even know if I want to be in politics.”

AOC explained “the last two years have been pretty hostile. Externally, we’ve been winning. Externally, there’s been a ton of support, but internally, it’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smells progressive.”

She added “is the party ready to, like, sit down and work together and figure out how we’re going to use the assets from everyone at the party? Or are they going to just kind of double down on this smothering approach? And that’s going to inform what I do.”

AOC was then asked “Is there a universe in which they’re hostile enough that we’re talking about a Senate run in a couple years?”

She replied “I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year.”

Asked why she elaborated “it’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy. When your own colleagues talk anonymously in the press and then turn around and say you’re bad because you actually append your name to your opinion.”

She continued “I chose to run for re-election because I felt like I had to prove that this is real. That this movement was real. That I wasn’t a fluke. That people really want guaranteed health care and that people really want the Democratic Party to fight for them.”