(FiveNation.com)- Far-left Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said that her congressional office struggles to keep up with the amount of death threats that she receives every day, according to Business Insider. The New York Times reportedly examined the amount of death threats members of Congress receive in recent years, especially since January 6.
Ocasio-Cortez told The Times that it took her two and a half years to obtain security from Capitol Police, despite the “astronomical” level of death threats she has received. It was after Capitol Police saw a tweet that they deemed as “threatening” that they reportedly granted her additional security. Cortez still scrutinized the timing of the decision and questioned why she had to wait so long to get approved.
“When I saw what it was, I was like, ‘I’ve gotten so much worse,'” she told The Times. “Why now?”
Party leaders have said that the number of death threats toward Cortez is more than any other member of Congress, except for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.
The far-left socialist Congresswoman reportedly spent more than $120,000 on security protection since last year. Her office, composed mostly of those barely out of high school, are left to decipher whether the messages the Congresswoman receives are considered threatening. They then document images from those sending the messages so that she can take steps to avoid them.
Capitol Police reportedly adhere to the Supreme Court’s interpretation of a threat which are “statements where the speaker means to communicate a serious expression of an intent to commit an act of unlawful violence to a particular individual or group of individuals.”
Cortez, who makes a base salary of $170,000 a year, claimed that the “system” disfavors members of Congress who do not have as much seniority as other members, citing a lack of resources to pay for bolstered security.
“You are now extra tasked with providing and coming up with your own financial resources for your own safety,” she said.