‘They’re high schoolers and it’s incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs…’
(Mike Stunson, Lexington Herald-Leader) Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, lashed out at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Twitter Monday over a viral photo that shows several teen boys in “Team Mitch” shirts with a life-size cutout of the congresswoman.
Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you.
Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019.
The caption of the offending Instagram post read, “break me off a piece of that,” according to screenshots posted to social media.
One of the teens has his hand near her neck and another has his arm around her waist while gesturing as if he’s kissing her.
Some of the same young men were in a picture posted by the Team Mitch Instagram account. The photo shows the young men holding cutouts of the faces of Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
Despite their matching “Team Mitch” shirts, a McConnell spokesperson said the young men are actually not a part of the McConnell campaign staff.
McConnell himself has not responded to the New York Democrat’s tweet, but the statement from spokesman Kevin Golden pointed out the hypocritical double-standard of someone one the Left taking offense from a satirical photo.
“We’ve watched for years as the far-left and the media look for every possible way to demonize, stereotype, and publicly castigate every young person who dares to get involved with Republican politics,” the statement from Kevin Golden read.
“These young men are not campaign staff, they’re high schoolers and it’s incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs rather than report real, and significant news in our country.”
Golden, in fact, recalled a parallel situation from an adult staffer of the Barack Obama administration that caused nary a ripple in the press.
In 2008, a picture surfaced on Facebook of Obama speech writer, Jon Favreau, grabbing a breast of a Hillary Clinton cardboard cutout.
“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.”
But 29-year-old Ocasio–Cortez, along with many in the left-wing media, continued to attack the youngsters, insinuating that they were rapists and mass shooters in the making.
“Boys will be boys.”
Is that also the reason why you’ve chosen to block the Violence Against Women act too, @senatemajldr?
It prevents dating partners w/ records of abuse + stalking women (also an early warning sign from many mass shooters) from obtaining a gun. https://t.co/shWCRmEv60
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
The hype echoed the disastrous media coverage earlier in the year of the Covington Catholic High School students who received national attention after being confronted by radical left-wing activists during the March for Life event on the National Mall.
After being smeared by the media with defamatory attacks, footage later revealed that the boys were not the aggressors.
Several of the families of the Covington victims are now suing public figures like comedian Kathy Griffin, who encouraged her Twitter followers to “dox” and “shame” them.
Some of the young men in the photo with the Ocasio–Cortez cutout are students at Lexington Christian Academy, who were attending a “non-school” event, a school spokesperson said Tuesday.
“Lexington Christian Academy officials are aware of a photo circulating on social media which includes LCA students attending a recent, non-school event,” Dan Koett wrote in an LCA statement. “This matter has been addressed with the students and the families involved.”
Liberty Headlines’ Ben Sellers contributed to this report.
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