U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed how she fears for her life ever since she was elected to Congress. In a televised interview on Friday, she divulged her experiences while in office, where she said she has been living in a constant state of fear to the point of near paranoia. 

During her sit-down interview with CNN host Chris Wallace, the controversial lawmaker was asked if she felt her life was in danger. “Absolutely,” Ocasio-Cortez answered. She said the feeling began the moment she won the primary election in 2018 and the sense of dread only intensified when she had taken up office in Congress in 2019. 

Wallace pressed on to get further details, asking if she was constantly suspicious of her surroundings, such as the need to look over her shoulder while walking down a street. AOC replied by saying she hesitated to walk her dog whenever she wakes up in the morning. She continued stating how she needs to call her fiancée to come out of their house to escort her from where she parked her car back into their home.

She also mentioned that there is a general disposition where she feels a “static electricity” around her at all times making her constantly look around like her head is a swivel. The lawmaker added that the fear she regularly experienced has shaped her political stances, also adding that she felt she would not see the end of the year back in 2019. 

When prodded over the current political landscape, asking if she agreed that people desire both parties to move from the fringes, Ocasio-Cortez recoiled, saying she believes the are many within the U.S. that would answer yes, but it's essential that the substance of that sentiment is further understood. She quipped that as a politician who is labeled as extreme, she objects to that view.

Ocasio-Cortez said that she does not believe herself to be radical in the way Republican politician Marjorie Taylor Greene is viewed as extreme. AOC reportedly has received supposed death threats since entering office in 2019, with claims that her office staff had to undergo risk assessment training. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On election morning Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns for re-election, November 8, 2022 in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens, New York. Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images