Sarah Palin had slammed AOC for being a 'fake feminist' and making arguments against anti-abortion laws passed in Texas.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is incredibly well-versed in the topics she speaks about and has an amazing sense of humor to boot. Sarah Palin thought she was landing deadly blows to AOC on Fox News by throwing random words without really being coherent, but then AOC came for her. Sarah Palin called Ocasio-Cortez a 'fake feminist' and said the Congresswoman should be embarrassed for arguing against the Texas law. Sarah Palin didn't really make an argument and just seemed to hurl insults. It all started when Ocasio-Cortez made arguments against the restrictive abortion law and called out Governor Greg Abbott's 'deep ignorance' on the issue after the latter defended the six-week period citing it as a period during which people can get an abortion. AOC explained what women already know — that most people don't even realize they are pregnant by six weeks.
"He speaks from such a place of deep ignorance ... and it's not just ignorance, it's ignorance that's hurting people across this country," the New York Democrat told CNN's Anderson Cooper on AC360. "I'm sorry we have to break down Biology 101 on national television, but in case no one has informed him before in his life, six weeks pregnant means two weeks late for your period. And two weeks late on your period for any person — any person with a menstrual cycle — can happen if you're stressed, if your diet changes, or for really no reason at all. So you don't have six weeks," she said.
Abbott had also defended the Texas Law that provides no exemptions in case of rape or incest. The governor responded by saying he would work to "eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas." Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that the perpetrators of rape are not always predators that are walking around the streets at night. "They are people's uncles, they are teachers, they are family friends, and when something like that happens, it takes a very long time, first of all, for any victim to come forward. And second of all, when a victim comes forward, they don't necessarily want to bring their case into the carceral system. They don't want to re-traumatize themselves by going to court. They don't necessarily all want to report a family friend to a police precinct, let alone in the immediate aftermath of the trauma of a sexual assault," she said Cooper.
Palin was asked about AOC's comments during an appearance on Fox News. The former vice-presidential candidate went on a rant but didn't really counter any of AOC's points. “She is such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point—that’s not equality, right?” said Palin, before accusing the Congresswoman of milking it. What AOC did milk was Sarah Palin's performance on Fox. AOC posted a video offering Palin emotional support with a new hotline. “Does my existence make you mad?” asks AOC. “Does the fact that, yes, I am a mouthpiece for the people of New York’s 14th Congressional District upset you? Well, I have help for you. Call 1-800-CRY-NOW. That’s 1-800-CRY-NOW.”
We’ve raised over $250,000 to Texas grassroots pro-choice organizers and healthcare providers so far. 🤗— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 9, 2021
If you thought the hotline was a rhetorical slant at Palin, you couldn't be more wrong. AOC soon tweeted that it actually has a corresponding website where viewers can donate to 10 Texas-based reproductive healthcare providers. Shortly after, AOC updated on Twitter that the hotline had raised $250,000 through the website. If that wasn't enough, the Department of Justice announced it sued the state of Texas for violating the constitution. "The act is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent," said Attorney General Merrick Garland, reported NPR. "Those precedents hold, in the words of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, that 'regardless of whether exceptions are made for particular circumstances, a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability.'"