AOC responds to Met Gala criticism: 'I … have been so heavily and relentlessly policed'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday responded to criticism of her appearance at the Met Gala, a costume fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art that attracts some of the world’s most elite celebrities.

Ocasio-Cortez was photographed at the gala on Monday evening donning a white gown with the phrase, “Tax the rich,” at the event where tickets start at more than $30,000. The congresswoman noted on social media that she and other New York elected officials are invited to the gala every year.

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“I thought about the criticism I’d get, but honestly I and my body have been so heavily and relentlessly policed from all corners politically since the moment I won my election that it’s kind of become expected and normalized to me,” Ocasio-Cortez said in response to a question on her Instagram story. “The irony is that when women in power take the prospect of criticism to be to be cautious in their actions, they are then criticized for being ‘inauthentic’ and ‘too calculated.'”

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