Freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has certainly become accustomed to seeing and hearing her name associated with certain monikers but she believes one college Republican group has taken it too far when they sent out fundraising material labeling Ocasio-Cortez a “domestic terrorist”.
Dave Levinthal, a politics editor at the Center for Public Integrity, first caught wind of the disgusting email being sent out by the Ohio Federation of College Republicans and knew he had to do something. He took a screenshot and immediately tweeted the image which featured a subject line saying “AOC is a domestic terrorist”. He added his thoughts about the harsh language of the label.
In a fundraising email today, the @OhioCRs describe @AOC as a “domestic terrorist” — a term often reserved for the likes of Timothy McVeigh and people who kill children in their school classrooms pic.twitter.com/fn8n2pmQOm— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) April 10, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez saw the tweet and was obviously distressed, and rightfully so, considering the grave course of events a mailing like this propels into action. She has been the frequent target of death threats and every time there is any spike in the hateful and violent rhetoric towards her, there is also an increase in the threat of violence against her, her colleagues, and even those who support her.
This puts me in danger every time.
Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conserv. grps, we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police.
Multiple ppl have been arrested trying to harm me, Ilhan, & others.@GOP, what’s it going to take to stop? https://t.co/vpous77RbT— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 10, 2019
Chairman of the Ohio group, Tom Ferrall, carried on in the email’s message saying, “My fellow students often tell me that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a ‘role model’ and that America should be more like socialist Europe. We need your help to stop the brainwashing!”
The Washington Post reported that Levinthal said he is aware that oftentimes political groups will use “hyperbolic, misleading or … demonstrable errors,” but that he was shocked by this particular one because “puts a sitting congresswoman on par with mass murderers who blow up buildings or kill schoolchildren.”
The Ohio group has since tried to distance itself from that nasty email, apologizing to AOC and calling the fundraising email “unauthorized”.