Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Might Have Been a Teacher if Trump Hadn't Been Elected

President Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 likely changed the trajectory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's career path. Though a bartender at the time, Trump's victory to the White House set a new vision for Ocasio-Cortez, who's now a freshman representative but has already gained the popularity of a senior official.

Appearing on the new Showtime program called "Desus and Mero," she was asked whether or not she would have considered a run for Congress had President Trump not been elected.

"I don't know," Ocasio-Cortez said, according to The Hill. "I could be just like teaching in high school right now.

"But you know, times of great challenge can also bring out the best in people, too, and so I think that's what we're really seeing, even though things are hitting the fan right now, we're seeing people activate and educate themselves."

Ocasio-Cortez was pretty much unknown on the national level before she defeated 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley last year in the Democratic Primary of New York's 14th Congressional District. Crowley was rumored to be in line for the next Speaker of the House.

Ocasio-Cortez continued her grassroots campaign to a November victory more than three months ago and has quickly become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in Washington, D.C.

Since her arrival in Washington, the representative has pushed a progressive platform, which include the "Green New Deal" and a proposed 70 percent tax on incomes exceeding the $10 million mark.

A self-proclaimed socialist, Ocasio-Cortez says many Democrats have eased their stance and begun embracing her ideals.

"I mean it is heavy but in a weird way that stuff is validation that you're doing something real," Ocasio-Cortez said. "Because if you're just flying under the radar, just trying to like get your check, like not rock the boat, then what's the point of being in politics?"

And this weekend, she announced that her lowest-paid staff members would be paid at least $52,000 a year, signaling she intends to back her political claims of higher living wages for Americans. Conversely, her top staff members (chief of staff and others) will be paid significantly less than their counterparts.

"Leadership starts with our choices. That's why I decided that no one on my staff will make less than $52k/year," the freshman congresswoman tweeted on Saturday. "It's likely one of the highest entry-level salaries on the Hill. We pinch pennies elsewhere, but it's worth every dime to pay a living wage."