She just made a big mistake…
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday for a statement that his campaign never issued.
The incident first began after a photograph of a group of young men, donning the majority leader’s campaign t-shirt and posing with a cutout of the New York congresswoman, circulated around social media. The picture was taken over the weekend at the annual Fancy Farm picnic in Kentucky and was posted to Instagram with the caption “break me off a piece of that Fancy Farm.”
“Hey [McConnell] – these young men look like they work for you,” Ocasio-Cortez said referencing the picture. “Just want to clarify: are you paying young men to practice groping [and] choking members of Congress [with] your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch? Thanks.”
Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you.
Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
A spokesman for the McConnell campaign responded to Ocasio-Cortez, denying that the group had any affiliation with the Senate majority leader.
“These young men are not campaign staff, they’re high schoolers,” Kevin Golden, McConnell’s campaign manager said in a statement. “It’s incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs rather than report real, and significant news in our country.”
“Team Mitch in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning act toward life-sized cardboard cutouts of any gender,” Golden said in a separate statement.