A photographer who captured the scene from a trip to El Paso, Texas in 2018, shared the images on the one-year anniversary of a protest at the Tornillo detention center.
The New York Democrat then shared the photos with her 4 million-plus followers.
Ocasio-Cortez can be seen with a sad, faraway look in her eyes – more than usual – as she buckles at the knees and sobs with her face in her hands at the sight of the suffering children.
I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents,& caged them.
More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable.
We need to save these kids. https://t.co/HhdMqc5zML
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
“I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents [and] caged them,” she said.What Was She Really Looking At?
The images were so above and beyond anything remotely realistic that her supporters complained they weren’t helping the cause.
“I love AOC but these images feel so staged, it undermines her credibility on these issues,” one follower wrote.
The Political Insider noted that the images appeared to show no children on either side of the fence, making it a mystery as to what Ocasio-Cortez was crying about.
It was “a crisis so bad she collapsed in horror at an open gate with no children in sight,” we wrote.Here’s What She Was Really Looking At
Tom Elliott, founder and editor of Grabien Media, searched his own database and located two images that show Ocasio-Cortez staring into an empty parking lot.
Searched Grabien’s PhotoBank and found these alternate angle pics of @AOC where her sad-face pics were shot. Apparently she was crying about the lack of migrant children for her photo op. pic.twitter.com/8FMB8OQR6K
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 26, 2019
Other images show exactly how the photographer at the scene was taking images of Ocasio-Cortez and not the suffering little children. Because … well, there were no suffering little children.
— Paige Sullivan (@PaigeSully88) June 26, 2019
Who knows, maybe Ocasio-Cortez was just imagining the children going through such a difficult time, which NBC described as being in “fully enclosed air-conditioned tents, where they receive schooling, meals, and recreational activities.”
Maybe she stubbed her toe.
What’s almost a certainty, however, is that she wasn’t crying over any actual children.
AOC's office denies claims that photos near migrant detention center were staged: report
This article was sourced from Foxnews
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was called out on social media over photographs near a migrant detention center that critics said appeared to be staged during her 2018 campaign, a charge that her office denied.
The "previously unpublished" pictures came to light when a photographer, Ivan Pierre Aguirre, posted them on his Twitter account. He said that they were taken last year in Tornillo, Texas.
The New York Democrat tweeted out the post, writing that she'll "never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents,& caged them. More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable. We need to save these kids.”
The tweet was, however, called out by some on social media who claimed that the pictures near a chain-linked fence appeared to be "staged." There's one image of Ocasio-Cortez apparently bent over in anguish and there's another with her hands covering her face.
The pictures were ridiculed particularly as there was no sight of actual migrant children during the protest.
Her office did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News, but a spokesman told The Hill, “I cannot control what kind of right-wing garbage shows up on the bottom of the posts.” He told the outlet that allegations that the photos were staged are "in no way related to reality or truth."
The story was picked up by various news sites, including Newsweek.
“Excuse me while I take the time to put on bright red lipstick, a pristine white outfit and a Movado watch before I go see little kids locked up in the desert,” one social media user tweeted.
"Did the cars cause all that pain and anguish?” a social media user wrote in a tweet, sharing pictures from the protest showing that the Democrat, on the far left, looking at an empty road with a few cars.
Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday defied the party and voted against a bill to provide $4.5 billion in emergency border funding that would have improved the conditions of the migrant children.
“Throwing more money at the very organizations committing human rights abuses—and the very Administration directing these human rights abuses—is not a solution,” she said in a statement.
“This is a humanitarian crisis—a humanitarian crisis inflicted by our own leadership. It's also a refugee crisis fueled by state violence, corruption, and impunity in the Northern Triangle--one that this Administration has only fueled through mass deportation and slashing aid.”
AOC on Dem Debate: Like High School Kids Who Didn’t Seem to Read the Book
This article was sourced from BreitbartWednesday on CBS’s “The Late Show,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said “some folks” during the MSNBC Democratic candidates’ debate were like high school students who “didn’t seem like they read the book.
Partial transcript as follows:
OCASIO-CORTEZ: I think sometimes with the debate stage this big, it can kind of seem like a high school classroom, and so there are some folks that, like, didn’t seem like they read the book, and then they got called on. And then —
COLBERT: Anybody in particular?
OCASIO-CORTEZ: “You know, you kind of like— it depends on the question. So— so they’ll answer the question or they’ll get called on, and I don’t think some candidates thought that they were going to get called on, on a certain question. And they’ll be like, “Yes, the hero was courageous and the protagonist of the story.
AOC loved Spanish-speaking attempts by Dem debaters
This article was sourced from NYpost
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she loved Spanish-speaking attempts by some of the Democratic presidential candidates Wednesday night, but found their question dodging in the language “humorous.”
The Bronx Democrat spoke with host Stephen Colbert in an appearance on the “Late Show” soon after the first presidential primary debate in Miami, where Rep.
Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Cory Booker both spoke in Spanish while answering — and dodging — questions from NBC moderators.
“I loved it because … I represent the Bronx — there was a lot of Spanglish in the building,” Ocasio-Cortez told Colbert.
“I thought it was humorous at times,” she added.
She then said in Spanish that she thought some of the candidates were going to start responding: “I will not give you an answer to your question.”
“But it was good I thought. It was a good gesture to the fact that we are a diverse country,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez, who worked for Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016, has not endorsed a 2020 candidate.
This article was sourced from Political Insider