Why is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so hated? Because society perceives beauty in “an ‘unruly body,’ such as a non-white person’s body” as an existential threat, Tressie McMillan Cottom argues. Beauty is often seen as women’s single source of power, and AOC’s critics can’t control it.
The congresswoman is the bogeywoman of the right, constantly targeted by President Trump and the GOP. The attacks following her Vanity Fair cover are a continuation of that—not that she cares much. “Republicans are Very Mad (again) about my appearance. This time they’re mad that I look good in borrowed clothes (again),” she tweeted. “Listen, if Republicans want pointers on looking your best, I’m happy to share. Tip #1: Drink water and don’t be racist.”
If elected, Joe Biden will create a task force to locate the parents of 545 migrant children who were forcefully separated from their families more than two years ago. Thousands of families were split apart under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy.
In his book Separated, reporter Jacob Soboroff explains how Trump officials were repeatedly warned that reunification would be nearly impossible due to the infrastructure of the U.S. immigration system. Trump implemented the policy anyway, before rolling it back due to massive public pressure.
Still, family separation remains an ongoing issue. “They might’ve stopped on a wide-scale, systematic basis, but the ACLU says over a thousand families have been separated since,” Soboroff told me in July.
In 2018, a New York Times op-ed describing “the resistance inside the White House” set Washington on fire. President Trump was furious at being betrayed by an administration insider, setting off a hunt for the identity of “Anonymous.”
On Wednesday, two years after the essay and a subsequent book, Anonymous revealed himself to be Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security official who worked for the administration between 2017 and 2019.
Taylor’s coming out marks an anticlimactic end to years of wild speculation, but it doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise. Taylor publicly endorsed Joe Biden and began speaking out against Trump this summer. He told GEN in an August interview: “It’s pretty liberating to come out and just say, ‘You know what? Dammit, this is the truth. Everyone saw it the same way basically. And now, I don’t have to hide that.’”