WATCH: Jane Fonda asks AOC how she handles being “vilified” by Trump

During a virtual conversation for Greenpeace USA, actress Jane Fonda asked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “You and I have both experienced being vilified, including by presidents, and so I’m going to ask you a question that I get asked a lot: How do you handle it?”

“Well, you know, it’s not easy, I think is the first thing to communicate,” AOC responded  “The reason that these attacks happen, whether they’re on journalists, whether they’re on progressive politicians, whether they’re on women, people of color, etc… is to exhaust us. It is to wear us down.”

AOC says people like her do not  “have the traditional institutional resources” that people “born into aristocratic families” have.

“The way that I try to endure, honestly the thing that really helps me is the grassroots support that we have,” the NY Congresswoman explains.

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