On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on a rant on Instagram talking in reference to the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Tex., that resulted in the death of 19 children and two adults.
The live, which was later posted to her Instagram page, Ocasio-Cortez took aim at young men, who she said are being “radicalized.”
Following her speaking about how those in seats of power in Congress should not be making decision by default, and how people should not be taking money from the National Rifle Association (NRA), Ocasio-Cortez said, “so you know, there’s a of course a political issue that we have here. But then there’s also a very deep cultural issue that we have.”
“We have the radicalization of young men. This is an issue,” she said.
“Young women are not doing this. Young non-binary people are not doing this. Trans people are not doing this. This is an issue that we have.
“And young men are being radicalized right now in ways that we have not seen and we need to talk about that,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez continued on to note that the leaders of various social media platforms are men.
“I mean, and who’s managing — who’s in charge of all of these platforms that are perpetuating this misinformation and violence? Men,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “Mark Zuckerberg, where you at bro? Where are you at? 4chan. Reddit. What’s up? Because all these little things that they’re talking about when they say free speech, they don’t actually mean it. Because they don’t they don’t protect all speech. They do draw a line at some point.”
“But you know, people like Mark Zuckerberg are busy having dinner with Tucker Carlson, who’s also airing little great replacement theories that are inciting violence. And he’s platforming the very people that mass shooters are citing in their own very clearly written manifestos,” she continued.
Ocasio-Cortez later told her viewers to “check on the men in your life,” but continued on to express sentiments against men.
“But this is a crisis of young man, it manifests in different ways. But we need mentorship, we need our strong male — like healthy male role models, like, out there mentoring our young men, we really need it, because if our healthy, strong role models aren’t, aren’t having those relationships—” said Ocasio-Cortez.
“And, you know, like, check on the men in your life, seriously,” she said.
“Because there’s, it just feels like there’s very few, like role models and examples of people talking about this in healthy ways,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
“And it’s a big problem, because there are a lot of crises. And especially as we try to evolve out of a world that is predatory on women, gay, non-binary and trans people, because traditional regressive, you know, patriarchal values, really create men’s identity in relation — create, like, men’s identity, and uplift men’s identity in relation to other things, in relation to like, how women treat them, how much stuff they have, et cetera,” she said.
“And when, for a very long period of time, we have been taught that trans and non-binary and, and women are less than, as they say, in oppressive societies, equality feels like oppression, and so I think they’re, you know, there are a lot of structures that are having identity crises right now because there is progress towards equality. But there is such a thing as healthy masculinity that is not rooted in the subjugation of other people, and that other people’s full personhood does not detract from that,” she said.
In another segment of the nearly one hour long video, Ocasio-Cortez said that the idea that mental illness has a factor to play in these mass shootings needs to be dispensed.
“Let us dispense with this myth of mental illness,” she said. “Okay, after this pandemic, millions of people have struggled with mental illness of some kind. Whatever it is. Depression, anxiety, bipolar, you know, … mental illnesses that are less presenting to mental illnesses that are more presenting this, this is not about that.”
“This is about a trained cohesive ideology of hatred and violence, whether it is explicit white supremacy that we saw in Buffalo, or whether it was just simply the silos that young men radicalized themselves in online, for whatever reason, using whatever pretenses,” she said.
Ocasio-Cortez noted in the video that “white supremacy is a fact,” and that the issue is the “leading driver of domestic terrorism in the United States.”