Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Tuesday accused a Minor League baseball team of putting her life at risk by airing a video suggesting she is among the “enemies of freedom.”
During a doubleheader for the AAA Fresno Grizzlies on Monday, a video was played on the big screen of President Ronald Reagan denouncing America’s communist enemies. As Reagan delivered his 1981 first inaugural address, Ocasio-Cortez appeared alongside the likes of Fidel Castro and Kim Jong Un. Antifa members also made a cameo.
The patriotic video was intended as a “moving tribute” to the armed forces for Memorial Day, according to the Grizzlies. The minor-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals apologized later Monday to Ocasio-Cortez.
“We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first. We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt,” the front office said in a statement. “It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”
However, Ocasio-Cortez was not ready to forgive and forget. She responded to news of the video Tuesday in an indignant tweet, admonishing the Grizzlies for stoking hate against her.
“What people don’t (maybe do) realize is when orgs air these hateful messages, my life changes bc of the flood of death threats they inspire,” she wrote. “I’ve had mornings where I wake up & the 1st thing I do w/ my coffee is review photos of the men (it’s always men) who want to kill me.”
Ocasio-Cortez went on to say that Fox News has repeatedly ruined her morning coffee.
I don’t even get to see all of them. Just the ones that have been flagged as particularly troubling.
It happens whenever Fox gets particularly aggressive + hateful, too. Young interns have to constantly hear hateful messages (far beyond disagreement) from ppl we don’t even rep.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 28, 2019
The freshman congresswoman has complained in the past that her critics are putting her life at risk. After the Ohio Federation of College Republicans sent a fundraising email last month with a subject line calling Ocasio-Cortez “a domestic terrorist,” she said that the Capitol Police had to get involved.
Is Ocasio-Cortez really one of the “enemies of freedom?”
While the Grizzlies claimed to have erred in lumping in Ocasio-Cortez with socialist dictators, others have made the comparison on purpose.
In March, Washington Post “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler faulted President Donald Trump and his administration for equating socialist-sympathizing Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez with communists.
Kessler’s column came in response to speeches delivered by Trump and his senior advisers at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The gist of their remarks was that the Democrats are pushing the same system that proved ruinous for other nations.
“Socialism is not about the environment, it’s not about justice, it is not about virtue. Socialism is about only one thing: It’s called power for the ruling class,” Trump said during the event.
Not so, according to Kessler, who declared that socialism can be a good thing.
“President Trump and his allies apparently want Americans to believe there’s virtually little difference between the Nazis, the Soviet communists, the dictatorship of a crumbling Venezuela and the political organization linked to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.),” Kessler, in an article headlined “What Is Socialism?,” said. “But these are facile comparisons, ignorant of history.”
Reagan, though, might have begged to differ.