Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) fabricated and spread a quote from a Daily Beast report misrepresenting a statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on a cardboard cutout controversy.
McConnell sent out a statement about high school volunteer supporters who took a mocking photo simulating the choking of the Democratic socialist firebrand.
No where in the statement did he say “boys will be boys,” but that is how the Daily Beast characterized the statement, and Ocasio-Cortez spread the phrase as if it were a direct quote.
“Boys will be boys,” she tweeted in quotes, implying it came from the McConnell statement.
“Is that also the reason why you’ve chosen to block the Violence Against Women act too, @senatemajldr?” she continued.
“It prevents dating partners w/ records of abuse + stalking women (also an early warning sign from many mass shooters) from obtaining a gun,” she added.
In fact, the statement from McConnell campaign manager Kevin Golden clearly condemned the actions by the high school students.
“Team Mitch in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning act toward life sized cardboard cut outs of any gender in a manner similar to what we saw from President Obama’s speechwriting staff several years ago,” the statement read.
In another statement, Golden accused the media of using the photograph in order to “demonize, stereotype, and publicly castigate every young person who dares to get involved with Republican politics.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been in a feud with the Democratic leadership over the goals of the party, which lead to the abrupt resignation of her chief of staff.
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