Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Exclusive Interview With Brut

What she wanted to become as a kid, the moment that changed her life and what Trump is doing right… Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to Brut. Exclusive interview by our journalist Sruthi Gottipati at the C40 Cities World Mayors Summit.

Inside her improbable rise to superstardom

What did you want to become when you were a kid? You said you’ve never wanted to join politics: 
 Well, the first thing I ever remember wanting to be… Well when I was 4, I wanted to be an olympic swimmer. But the first real career I remember wanting to be was actually a scientist. I entered college as a premedical student, after winning some science competitions, some global science competitions, in high school. So, my first passion was medicine and science and then public health and community organizing. 
 Your dad passed away when you were in college, he never got the chance to see your dramatic rise, what do you think he would’ve told you if he was here today?: 
 Well he was a big, kind of jokester and he would prank and laugh a lot and so I think that he would find all this very amusing because he did very much instil somewhat stubborn ideals in me as a child and I think he would be very amused to find out where that has kind of led. I think he would be proud but he would probably make fun of me every once in a while too.

And are you happy now in your daily life of being a politician? What do you miss in your personal and professional life?: 
 I am happy now. It is very overwhelming and I, quite literally, went from being an anonymous waitress to a very well-known politician almost overnight. And so that adjustment was very difficult and quite challenging even just from a logistical level. But, aside from that, the mission and the work that I do is something that I love and I gain a lot of meaning from it. So I’m quite happy now, but things that I miss… I miss, you know, kind of that anonymity, the ability to walk into a bar with some friends and hang out, and go to happy hour, go to my corner store in my sweatpants and things like that but I wouldn't trade it for the world.


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  • Josef Z.
    12/31/2019 17:49

    Have to fix MY teeth first! Mean time QUIET SMOKING ...2020😂

  • Phil J.
    10/20/2019 22:35

    Great acting, this was not a spontaneous interview, it was pre-planned propaganda event...FreeDumb

  • Barry S.
    10/19/2019 17:00

    Auburn University with a business degree, you?

  • Silvia R.
    10/18/2019 22:52

    Thank you for helping expose that the “green new deal” is to stop USA, and boost oil production in other Countries. It is nice when a lobbyist are not afraid to show theirs true self... as money makes the World go Around ... and Gas helps Venezuelan Dictator get a seat at UN. You go Girl .. exposing the Left while playing “make believe” that “green” is about Ecology and not about the “green dollar”

  • Isaac G.
    10/18/2019 16:23

    I can’t wait till she is out of office. She’s a corrupt communist.

  • Eric M.
    10/18/2019 16:17

    Awesome job, thank you for not being so, "mainstream!"

  • Leon L.
    10/18/2019 08:42

    This is just trashy politico-celebrity worship. A channel supposedly about nature gives their camera time to someone who neither knowledgeable or is qualified to talk about nature and science. Not only that, nature and science isnt even the main subject of the interview.

  • Franziska K.
    10/18/2019 06:42

    Brilliant 👏❤

  • Lambert G.
    10/18/2019 04:22

    Funny for someone who paid 300 dollars for the haircut, it looks awe full! So much for being champion of the poor!

  • Nanko B.
    10/18/2019 03:57

    She is so dumb

  • Liah B.
    10/18/2019 03:01

    I thoroughly enjoyed this interview

  • Dan A.
    10/18/2019 00:39

    So by saying that you know exactly what are the solutions should be, i wondered why are you not in the OFFICE today ?

  • Muralee D.
    10/17/2019 22:53

    Wow, she actually said nice things about Trump. She’s learnt the art of deceit in politics and of course elections are on the way.

  • Richard H.
    10/17/2019 19:35


  • Matthew A.
    10/17/2019 16:56

    What a retard.

  • Lorenzo P.
    10/17/2019 15:26

    Please just send her back to bartending for all of us. Stop promoting her and stop giving this idiot attention.

  • Josef Z.
    10/17/2019 14:39


  • Jamison W.
    10/17/2019 06:20

    I am worried for america.. because a woman like this was elected...

  • Eduardo D.
    10/17/2019 05:40

    First garbage post from Brut.

  • Joseph R.
    10/17/2019 04:52

    I hope she jumps off a bridge