AOC: First thing I do some days is 'review photos of men ... who want to kill me'

David Caplan
May 28, 2019 - 6:31 pm
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Part of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's morning routine is perusing photos of men who want to kill her, the congresswoman said Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments after Fresno Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in California, aired a Memorial Day tribute video that lumped her image with those of Kim Jong Un and Fidel Castro. The team has apologized.

 The video, called "Memorial Day Tribute - We Are Americans," is filled with patriotic-themed images playing behind excerpts from President Ronald Reagan's first inaugural speech. Toward the end, as Reagan mentions "enemies of freedom,'' the video shows images of the North Korean leader, the late Cuban leader -- and Ocasio-Cortez.

But the team's apology didn't erase a systemic problem, Ocasio-Cortez said.

"What people don’t (maybe do) realize is when orgs air these hateful messages, my life changes bc of the flood of death threats they inspire," she tweeted Tuesday night. "I‘ve had mornings where I wake up & the 1st thing I do w/ my coffee is review photos of the men (it’s always men) who want to kill me."

She continued, "I don’t even get to see all of them. Just the ones that have been flagged as particularly troubling. It happens whenever Fox gets particularly aggressive + hateful, too. Young interns have to constantly hear hateful messages (far beyond disagreement) from ppl we don’t even rep."

She concluded, writing, "All of this is to say that words matter, and can have consequences for safety. For those who believe in “free speech”: whose free speech do you believe in? Bc some folks using free speech to defend racism are also supporting folks passing laws to allow running over protesters."