Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed that video this week showing her appearing to pretend she was handcuffed by police was really a Republican conspiracy theory designed to “distract” people from paying attention to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of 17 Democrat lawmakers who were arrested Tuesday for blocking traffic near the U.S. Supreme Court during a pro-abortion protest. In a video posted to her Instagram account where she responded to questions, AOC answered the following question: “Can you even believe they’re saying you ‘faked’ handcuffs?! Did they not see the fist pump?”
“Republican’s favorite hobby is to make conspiracy theories out of everything to distract you and keep you from talking about what actually important which is the fact that they are trying to take away your right to bodily autonomy,” she said. “If I was faking that, why would I intentionally fist pump somebody? It’s so silly.”
Now AOC is saying that the fact that she was faking being handcuffed is a “conspiracy theory”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 20, 2022
During another point on Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez responded to those who were mocking her when she answered a post that stated in part: “Why the publicity stunt with acting like you’re being arrested? It’s just foolish and makes you look silly … acting like you’re cuffed and like you’re some sort of hero was just too much for me.”
Ocasio-Cortez claimed that what she did was not a “publicity stunt … for a headline” because it was “an activist-led civil disobedience” event.
“So why join disobedience at all?” she said. “Because media cycles go FAST and the attention and urgency on Roe can easily fade. We must keep eyes on the issue. Civil disobedience is a highly effective way of accomplishing that, and it is a trained discipline.”
“If I didn’t or refused to participate in an activist request, people also would have burned me for that too,” she continued. “They have in the past. I understand and accept that I operate in an environment that will not cast my actions in a positive light almost no matter what & from all angles. If I’m not there, people criticize, if I am there they still do. So I’m just going to do me. I accept being branded as ‘too much’ in a misogynistic late stage capitalist society that is totally insufficient for the present moment and propagandizes its people to tear down any who challenge it.”
She noted that she was “arrested, charged, and fined,” but then claimed that holding her hands together behind her back “is a best practice when under arrest, whether you are handcuffed or not, because it can help you prevent more serious charges like resisting arrest.”
AOC PRETENDS to be *handcuffed* in fake arrest protesting Supreme Court — then raises her fist, breaking her fake handcuffs
CLOWN WORLD LOL pic.twitter.com/nlvrDHV2Tj
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) July 19, 2022