Things are getting more interesting when it comes to President Trump’s Tuesday night State of the Union address.
Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is bringing along a guest — one of the two women who confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator in September to try to persuade him to vote against Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation.
Now, Queens resident Ana Maria Archila, who made her impassioned plea against the Trump-nominated Kavanaugh, will get to stare down the President as he gives his yearly address.
“She wasn’t planning on leaping into that elevator ahead of the Kavanaugh vote, but after hearing the stories of survivors across the country, she went in,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday. “A defining moment.”
Archila, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy — which aims to “advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice policy agenda,” according to its site — praised the Bronx-born politician for the invite.
“I just feel particularly moved that in her first participation in the State of the Union, she is inviting me to join and inviting that moment of the elevator, my confrontation with the men who do not understand the life of women and the lives of people who are not in power, that she’s inviting that into the imagination of people again,” Archila told the news outlet The Intercept.
Archila made headlines last fall when she, along with Maria Gallagher, blocked the door of an elevator in a Senate office building that Flake was in. Flake had previously announced that he would vote for Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, who had been accused of sexual assault by several women, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Before the elevator incident, Flake had said that though Ford’s testimony was “compelling,” Kavanaugh’s testimony was “persuasive” and left him with doubt.
During the elevator encounter, Archila told Flake, “On Monday I stood in front of your office…I told the story of my sexual assault. I told it because I recognized in Dr. Ford’s story that she’s telling the truth. What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit in the Supreme Court.”
After the encounter, Flake ultimately voted to confirm Kavanaugh, but before that, asked for a further FBI investigation into the allegations.
On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez hinted she was bringing a guest to the State of the Union that “Y’all arent ready for.” She included a photo of a pin that reads “Well behaved women rarely make history.”
Many speculated that the guest would be Cardi B, since Ocasio-Cortez recently defended the rapper in a feud with conservative political commentator Tomi Lahren over politics.
“Why do people think they can mess with Bronx women without getting roasted?,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote regarding the Bronx-born artist. “They act as though our borough hasn’t been perfecting the clapback game since the Sugarhill Gang.”
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