Some pathetic self-described “professional troll” engaged in blatant and racist sexual harassment of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as he filmed himself on the Capitol steps.

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The congresswoman initially deleted a post sharing the video to call him out for this harassment, fearing that she would only give him the attention and fame he craves, but ended up posting it again.

“I posted about a deeply disgusting incident that happened today on the Capitol steps, but took it down bc it’s clearly someone seeking extremist fame,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s just a bummer to work in an institution that openly allowed this, but talking about it only invites more. Just really sad.”

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Speaking up about sexual harassment is always an impossible situation due to the fear that talking about it will “invite” more men like this to harass her (though it’s not an actual invitation and none of this is her fault). At the same time, if she doesn’t talk about it, the man gets away with the violating act without consequences. This creates a lose-lose situation for victims of sexual harassment, and the perpetrators and their supporters are well aware of this.

Ultimately, Ocasio-Cortez decided to share the video to expose what she has to endure as a woman in congress and to highlight the fact that right-wing men are becoming bolder with harassment of all kinds. The one in this video grins as he calls her a “big booty Latina” and shouts about how “sexy” she is. At one point, the congresswoman turns and has to contain herself from hitting him, because even if he deserves it, she can’t do that in her current position, so she threw up a peace sign instead of a fist.

“I was actually walking over to deck him because if no one will protect us then I’ll do it myself but I needed to catch a vote more than a case today,” she said.

Capitol police say they stopped the man and ran his information, but as there were no warrants and sexual harassment is not considered a crime, they let him go.

“Last night a man outside the U.S. Capitol Building recorded a video of himself making crude comments to a Member of Congress,” the cops told NBC News. “The comments, although inappropriate, are not criminal. In the video, the man never threatened or touched the Congresswoman. Out of an abundance of caution, our officers stopped the man and ran his information, which did not show any warrants.”

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Zero congressional Republicans have stepped up to condemn this behavior from one of their supporters, perhaps being too busy screaming that the sky is falling over protesters voicing their displeasure toward certain Supreme Court justices. This comes after Congress quickly voted to grant more free security forces to said judges and their families, putting a whole squad of cops on their lawns to menace people walking back and forth in front of their houses with signs and chants.

Instead, some conservatives are calling her a hypocrite for standing up against sexual harassment after supporting political protesters, as though sexual harassment could ever be called an act of protest. The fact that they think these two things are the same only speaks volumes about them.

Meanwhile, many women who have very likely also suffered sexual harassment at work are supporting Ocasio-Cortez, as well as others who understand that yelling racist and degrading things at a woman of color is an attempt to assert privileged power over her.

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*First Published: July 14, 2022, 10:17 am