Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has no problem blaming right-wing media for Saturday’s synagogue shooting, but supports an Israel-hating fellow Democrat for Congress.
Just hours after the horrific attack on a Pittsburgh-area mosque, the 28-year-old former bartender tweeted that conservative media “amplify + provide platforms to conspiracy theories that target different groups (immigrants, Black communities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ+, the poor), then weave that hate together,” adding that “The violence this week isn’t an accident.”
This is how it works, folks.
Fox News, Brietbart, etc amplify + provide platforms to conspiracy theories that target different groups (immigrants, Black communities, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ+, the poor), then weave that hate together.
The violence this week isn’t an accident. https://t.co/ZZwM2GhyiM
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) October 28, 2018
But while she’s willing to peddle her own theories about a right-wing plot to use new media to drive people to acts of violence, the candidate has her own record of amplifying legitimate anti-Semites.
As pointed out by conservative columnist Seth Mandel, Ocasio-Cortez has also previously lent her support to fellow Democratic House candidate Ilhan Omar.
A play in three acts pic.twitter.com/dNxZvCXJEq
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) October 29, 2018
Omar has recently come under fire for her tweet in 2012 that said “Israel has hypnotized the world” and “may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Omar later doubled down on her statement, claiming that “drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime” is not anti-Semitic.
This comes as little surprise, seeing as Ocasio-Cortez is a card-carrying member of the strongly anti-Israel Democratic Socialists of America. She also accused the Jewish state of committing a “massacre” when defending itself from a Hamas attack disguised as a protest. She later backtracked on that a comment.
All of these points in the track record of the successor-apparent to Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., are documented facts, which a lot more than one can say about her unfounded speculation about conservative media.