Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) promoted a new and unsubstantiated conspiracy theory on Monday, suggesting without evidence that President Donald Trump was intentionally trying to get her assassinated.
Ocasio-Cortez made her wild claim on Twitter in response to the police officer who reportedly said on Facebook that Ocasio-Cortez “needs a round — and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.”
“This is Trump’s goal when he uses targeted language & threatens elected officials who don’t agree w/ his political agenda. It’s authoritarian behavior,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed without evidence. “The President is sowing violence. He’s creating an environment where people can get hurt & he claims plausible deniability.”
It’s worth noting that a far-left domestic terrorist recently attacked an ICE facility in Tacoma, Washington, and used Ocasio-Cortez’s “concentration camp” rhetoric in his manifesto. Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly refused to denounce the terrorist attack on ICE, which she has repeatedly demonized.
This is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has made wildly unsubstantiated claims like this.
Two weeks ago, Ocasio-Cortez suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was targeting her because Pelosi wanted her to get “death threats.”
“It’s singling out four individuals, and knowing the media environment that we’re operating in, knowing the amount of death threats that we get, knowing the amount of concentration of attention,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Manu Raju. “I think it’s just worth asking why.”
Often short on facts, Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly resorted to promoting conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.
In March, Ocasio-Cortez suggested that there was a “far-right” conspiracy targeting her that involved a “dark-money internet operation” and a cable news “propaganda machine.”
“It’s almost as though there is a directed + concerted far-right propaganda machine with a whole cable news channel, and a dark-money internet operation propped up by the Mercers et al dedicated to maligning me & stoking nat’l division, reported on by @JaneMayerNYer or something,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.