Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez worries that she’s a fraud.
The buzzy House freshman told the audience at a screening of documentary “Knock Down the House” on Sunday that she sometimes suffers from so-called “impostor syndrome,” or the feeling that she’s doesn’t truly deserve to be where she is today.
“Every day. It still doesn’t feel real,” the Bronx-born Democrat said at a screening of the movie — which follows her election to the US House of Representatives — during the Athena Film Festival in Manhattan. “When you come from a poor or working class background, if you’re a woman, if you’re person of color, if you have an immigrant story, you’re a first generation, you’re always haunted by impostor’s syndrome, like this idea that you got here by accident.”
Ocasio-Cortez then name-checked fellow rookie Reps.
Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, saying their wins “convinced others, but I think it helped us convince ourselves that this was not a fluke, that we did this and that it was a movement that did this.”
The movie won Sundance’s festival favorite award.