Ocasio-Cortez Implodes Over Viral AOC Cutout Images
Photo of 'Team Mitch' members posing with cutout goes viral on Twitter
The image shows supporters for Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign mocking the socialist congresswomen by posing with an AOC cutout.
The photo, showing young men in "Team Mitch" T-shirts making choking and kissing gestures at a cardboard cutout of the New York lawmaker was uploaded to social media and quickly went viral.
Triggered by this, Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at McConnell, accusing the senior Kentucky senator of "paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress."
Hey @senatemajldr - these young men look like they work for you.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
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?
As the smiling young men pose for the camera, one of them has his hand around the cutout’s waist and simulates a kiss on the cheek.
Another man jokingly cups his hand and reaches for the throat while others give a "thumbs down" gesture.
Although the image of the young men joking around would have once been considered humorous, it is now somehow deemed to be "offensive" and outrage quickly ensued.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the photo on Monday, tweeting: "Hey @senatemajldr - these young men look like they work for you.
"Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping and choking members of Congress with your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of Team Mitch?
According to the Daily Mail, the photo, which was first posted on Instagram, went viral after it was shared on Twitter by a woman with the handle "feminist next door."
"Future federal judges of America," the woman tweeted.
The image was taken on Saturday in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, the site of the annual St. Jerome Catholic Church Picnic.
The annual event is considered the start of Kentucky’s political campaign season.
"Team Mitch" refers to supporters of McConnell who is running for re-election next year.
He is considered the heavy favorite to retain his seat.
McConnell, who bills himself as "the grim reaper of socialism," will face Democrat Amy McGrath, the former Marine fighter pilot, and veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
McGrath blasted McConnell on Monday after the "Team Mitch" Twitter account posted a photo of a makeshift graveyard filled with cardboard tombstones that read "R.I.P."
Each tombstone bears different names: "Socialism," "Green New Deal," "Merrick Garland," and "Amy McGrath."
Garland is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
This isn't the first time Ocasio-Cortez has had a meltdown over the viral trend of posing with an AOC cutout, however.
In an embarrassing blunder back in April, the celebrity lawmaker attacked one of her fellow Democrats, mistakenly accusing him of being an "older male member" of the Republican Party after an image surfaced of him posing next to a cutout of her.
Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) thinks Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) is a Republican member of Congress.— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 25, 2019
It literally says in the tweet that she is quoting that Yarmuth is a Democrat.
AOC doesn't even know who her Democrat colleagues in Congress are, how embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/p9mxv2qwxw
Ocasio-Cortez attempted to attack the Republicans in one of her infamous Twitter blasts, not realizing that her target was Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth.
"GOP: Let's pose our older male members next to cardboard cutouts of young female legislators," she tweeted in response to a tweet that included the photo of Yarmuth that was posted by the Republican Party of Kentucky.
Following an instant backlash, Ocasio-Cortez later deleted the tweet but widespread ridicule quickly ensued as critics pointed out the gaffe on Twitter.