Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kirsten Gillibrand

Is anyone in the U.S. persuadable? An author talks to AOC and other ‘Persuaders’ in the U.S. about their views on politics and the current political climate.

In a time when the current president’s behavior is both uncharacteristic, and unprecedented, the opinions of two prominent American “persuaders” were asked: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Kirsten Gillibrand. Both spoke to the Washington Post about the American political landscape, and both shared a desire for politicians to serve their constituents.

AOC and Kirsten were born in the same year, and were raised near each other in Washington, D.C. The two women share a father, a brother, and attended Catholic schools. Both were outspoken, and traveled from their schools to speak in every state. Both are now U.S. congresswomen. The other women have also had an influence in the political arena, but they are not from the Democratic Party, their views on political issues differ greatly, and they are not always as outspoken. Ocasio-Cortez has been criticized by both political opponents, and those who have supported progressive causes but have not yet been elected.

This is what they had to say to the Washington Post:

Ocasio-Cortez: “They’re not on our side. They’re not with us. And if we want to actually change things and create the country that we want to live in, we have to start with ourselves, with ourselves first.”

Kirsten Gillibrand: “I’ve grown up hearing from parents how badly things are going for the American people. It’s not just a problem of politics. It’s literally a crisis of American infrastructure, it’s a crisis of America’s ability to invest in people and communities, that we are now at a crisis of American democracy.”

The pair discussed their own opinions on topics such as the economy, health care, politics, and immigration.

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