Being a victim is effectively currency in leftist circles. The bigger the victim you are, the more say you get in any given situation. Earning victimhood can come in many different forms. Merely not being white is one way to get it, so is being a woman, gay or lesbian, trans, or pretty much not being a straight white male, in general, will score you a few.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uses victimhood to make her way through life quite often, and while I’d like to tell you that it’s not exactly helped her, it really, really has. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once said, a glass of water with a “D” on it could get elected there, and AOC is only slightly less useful.
At least water nourishes you.
In her district, which is the bluest of the blue, AOC’s claim to victimhood and being of a people who are consistently oppressed by rich, white men, the young New York senator has made great strides for herself (and no one else) using her victimhood. It’s a strategy that was recently called out by Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Megyn Kelly.
"The Democrat culture has become so extreme, and left them behind. Just because you support union bosses, doesn't mean you're necessarily supporting the union worker…"@DanCrenshawTX on AOC, and the "radical" leftward drift of the Dems. Download here: https://t.co/F96HgI7HIW pic.twitter.com/yEL0XMfMJg
— The Megyn Kelly Show (@MegynKellyShow) December 9, 2020
Crenshaw appeared on Kelly’s podcast and mentioned the New York socialist’s inability to argue without claiming victimhood:
“You’ve got the AOC wing of the party versus the more moderate, we’re told that’s more the Biden wing of the party,” Kelly said during an interview with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) on her podcast released Wednesday.
“You’ve had some dust ups with her on Twitter just in the last couple of days where you know, she likes to play the victim a lot. A lot,” Kelly told the GOP congressman.
Kelly said that if other public figures push back on Ocasio-Cortez’s “false claims of victimhood” the congresswoman “reacts as a victim in response to your latest tweet.”
“It’s just a never-ending cycle of how mean you are and how victimized she is,” Kelly said. “And Republicans writ large are just awful because of something you said.”
The thing about victimhood is that adopting the status is secession of power over your own life or your place in the world. Yes, people can be real victims of things, but it’s not a lifestyle they have to live.
A good example is my friend Kimberly Corban. When she was a young adult, Corban was raped in her own home by a man who snuck in through the window. She was a victim of rape, but Corban refers to herself as a survivor. The difference is that Corban stood up tall after her assault and pushed forward with more power and determination than she had before. She took control over her own life and didn’t let being a victim become her identity.
Meanwhile, AOC can’t be looked at weird without her exclaiming that she’s been made a victim of one thing or another. Challenging her to a debate will result in her claiming she was “cat called.”
The online adoration and media attention AOC gets is a smokescreen that covers the fact that most of her life is spent running away from things. She’s running from responsibilities, debates, fair criticisms, facts, and more. If anything needs doing, AOC has to have someone do it for her because she’s incapable of doing it herself.
She is ill-equipped to fight herself, finding that claiming victimhood, thus summoning others to do her bidding for her works much better.
AOC’s shield will eventually fail her and she will be forced to confront reality. Her white knights are here now but even they won’t be able to defend her from the truth and logic that will, inevitably, win out in the end. At some point, her greatest defenders will lose power as the law of undulation takes its effects on everything from the media to activist groups.
At that point, AOC’s tactics will fail her and she’ll be left with little to nothing. Just her conviction that she’s been wronged and no one to help her fix it.