"Words matter, and can have consequences for safety," she wrote.
By
Sarah Malik

29 May 2019 - 12:23 PM  UPDATED 29 May 2019 - 12:26 PM

Like a lot of people, American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's morning routine consists of getting a morning coffee and scrolling through her social media.

But for Ocasio-Cortez, this daily task often interrupted by routinely reviewing photos of men who want to kill her.

"I've had mornings where I wake up & the 1st thing I do w/ my coffee is review photos of the men (it’s always men) who want to kill me," she wrote on Twitter. 

The Democrat who has 4.27 million Twitter followers says the threats have spiked in volume after she was recently attacked in a video aired on Fox News. 

The video broadcast on Memorial Day - the US day of remembrance commemorating the armed forces - features images of American flags and tanks, and an image of her alongside 'American adversaries' Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro.

"What people don’t (maybe do) realize is when orgs air these hateful messages, my life changes bc of the flood of death threats they inspire," she wrote on Twitter.  

Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't intercept all of the death threats she receives, but has the particularly troubling ones brought to her attention.

The news has highlighted the abuse and push back faced by women and particularly a women of colour in powerful, high profile roles.    

"All of this is to say that words matter, and can have consequences for safety," she wrote.

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