February 2, 2023

Ocasio-Cortez just responded to minor league team that labeled her one of “America’s adversaries”

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Imagine you’re at a Memorial Day weekend minor league baseball game in one of the more conservative towns in the blue bastion of California. In keeping with the holiday theme, the home team runs a Memorial day tribute video — a typical work of patriotic chauvinism, until it gets to a segment about America’s enemies.


Now imagine your surprise when — sandwiched between images of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in that section of the video— up pops a picture of New York City’s most progressive Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Fresno Bee reporter Carmen George had that exact experience when she attended a Fresno Grizzlies game this weekend and posted her displeasure over the politicization of her sports-viewing experience.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez saw the reporter’s post and used the opportunity to reveal just how badly the hateful propaganda that Trump supporters hurl her way affects her daily life, and how serious the threats against her have become because of it.

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While most politicians and other public figures must endure threats to their safety simply as a result of their enhanced public profiles, it’s rare for a freshman representative to attract such a significant number of death threats so early in their careers.

The high profile activism that Representative Ocasio-Cortez has engaged in — particularly her co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal initiative with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) — has put her in the cross-hairs of every rightwing nut job who watches Fox News where her progressive ideas are vilified daily to the delight of Republican corporate minions who would rather defend the interests of their donors than their constituents.

While the news of the multiple death threats against the firebrand congresswoman is profoundly disturbing, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s unrelenting persistence in pursuing her progressive goals demonstrate just how committed and brave she truly is.

As for the people who see fit to ruin a perfectly good Memorial Day tribute video with partisan political propaganda, perhaps they should contemplate exactly what it is that the people whom the holiday honors fought and died for before equating a lawfully elected U.S. representative with a murderous foreign dictator.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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