Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — AOC to her fans — is taking the political world, the media and the culture by storm.
The freshman U.S. congressional representative appeared on Global‘s “The Late Show” on Monday, where host Stephen Colbert brought up members of her party who tell her “don’t make waves” and asked the most important question of all: “On a scale of zero to some, how many f**ks do you give?”
“I think it’s, uuuh, zero,” Ocasio-Cortez responded with a laugh.
The 29-year-old also responded to those who have claimed her bold policy stances and forceful attitude create divisiveness.
“If you think activism is inherently divisive—I mean, today is Martin Luther King Day. And people called Martin Luther King divisive in his time,” she said. “We forget he was wildly unpopular when advocating for the Civil Rights Act. I think that what we need to realize is that social movements should be the moral compass of our politics.”
Colbert also questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s promotion of a 70 per cent marginal tax rate for those earning over $10 million a year. She responded, explaining how some in the media have mischaracterized the nature of such a tax on those with high income.
“At what level are we really just living in excess,” AOC asked, “and what kind of society do we want to live in?”