Failed Republican vice presidential candidate and the most famous politician to lose The Masked Singer, Sarah Palin, skewered Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, as well as the Democratic party, for supposedly being obsessed with sex.
Palin was responding to recent comments made by the Congresswoman after conservatives decried her for vacationing in Florida, which they saw as hypocritical given her home state's COVID-19 policies, which she had no part in crafting.
A particular fixation one critic—former Trump advisor Steve Cortes—had was of her boyfriend's "gross pale male feet."
The Congresswoman—known colloquially as "AOC"—tweeted in response:
"If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet.
Ya creepy weirdos"
She later added:
"It’s starting to get old ignoring the very obvious, strange, and deranged sexual frustrations that underpin the Republican fixation on me, women,& LGBT+ people in general.
These people clearly need therapy, won’t do it, and use politics as their outlet instead. It’s really weird"
Though conservatives instantly dismissed her response, it's undeniable that a large part of the criticisms against Ocasio-Cortez have been sexual or sexist in nature.
During her very first year in Congress, a Facebook group comprised of nearly 10 thousand border patrol agents—whom the Congresswoman has vocally criticized—mockingly posted fake but graphic pictures of Ocasio-Cortez being sexually assaulted. That same year, widely-read conservative sites like the Daily Caller eagerly circulated a fake nude photo of the Congresswoman. Just last year, one of her colleagues—Republican Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida—called her a "f***ing b**ch" in front of reporters. Those are just a few examples.
Nevertheless, Palin said AOC's response was indicative of a Democratic party obsession with sex.
Palin said in part:
"I truly believe there are enough Americans who get it and understand that what her tactic is, and that is to deflect from what the real issues are. But, yeah okay, take this issue though with her suggestion of dating and attraction to someone and blaming her failures on that. That obsession with sex. Look how the liberals, Rachel, want to pound that into the public's head, that advertising who is attracted to who, what people do in the privacy of their own bedrooms."
"All those things that have to do with privacy and sex, the liberals—not the conservatives—are the ones who pound pound pound after that, and obviously it's a tactic so that she doesn't have to be held accountable. It sounds like she hasn't been held accountable for much, maybe in her entire life, so she does not have that foundation of accountability and that public service heart that is so necessary in order to serve well and be accountable."
Though immensely popular in her district, Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most nationally scrutinized Democrats in Congress, constantly taken to task even for decisions she didn't directly make, such as the withdrawal of a proposed Amazon campus in New York City, or the city's COVID-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, Palin's party—which she insists isn't "pounding" issues of sex into the public's head—is currently on a crusade to force individuals to give birth, to scrutinize children's gender presentation in a grossly invasive manner, and to fantasize about whether or not the first gay cabinet member confirmed by the U.S. Senate is lactating.
Social media users responded to Palin's diatribe with widespread criticism.
Palin's choice of words didn't do her any favors either.
As the first female governor of Alaska and the first female Republican vice presidential candidate, Palin experienced public sexualization firsthand, including from within her own party, and most recently from conservative Fox News host Greg Guttfeld.