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Who Created the Incentive to Play the Victim?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan as he testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, July 18, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Maureen Dowd almost gets it. In Sunday’s column, Dowd picked up on a pattern in recent news events:

  • Elizabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, a now-defunct health technology company, is now on trial for nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She intends to play the victim and say she was driven to commit fraud on a massive scale because of “a decade-long campaign of psychological abuse” perpetuated by her former boyfriend and business partner.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to criticism of her wearing a designer dress while freely attending a $30,000-per-head opulent gala that is

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