There are only two places in the entire world where a woman is entitled to get constructive criticism (insults) by her elders — her mama’s house and the beauty salon. Women of a particular age feel free to tell younger women who it is, whether they want to hear it or not. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t a stranger to receiving judgment based on her looks (from men and women), but she’s totally okay (sort of) with accepting it now and again if it’s coming from a good place. Do you remember when that abuelita told her she looked chubby on TV?
Well, something like that happened again.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said a beautician at the salon told her she had to do something about her eyebrows and her mustache. Gahhh!
In her Insta-story, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told her followers that she went to get her nails done, not in a fancy way but just to “feel human.” While she was there, the lady working at the salon told her straight up that her “eyebrows were too big for her face” and then pointed out that she had a mustache. Damn, she has some nerve!
“First of all, I thought I came here to feel good about myself. Second of all, what if I like my mustache? Ever think about that?” she responded.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said salon workers usually point out people’s insecurities so they can rectify it while they are there. We always thought they pointed things out to get more money out of you. Whatever the reason, it’s just not right! Though we get it too because we have all been there.
People on social media understood her salon drama 100%.
Those ladies at the salon know how to get us where it hurts.
Some people (men) thought AOC was making up this story.
These things happen and that’s a fact.
Why can’t more politicians keep it real?
Do men even experience this sort of treatments when they go get groomed?
Just another reason why we love AOC!
This woman always puts it all out on the table, which is why she’s so awesome.
We especially love that AOC is all about her true beauty, regardless of what anyone says.
Haters are gonna hate anyway. That is what they do best.
Since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began her career as a politician, Republicans have picked her out as a target for their hate and criticism. Maybe it’s because she doesn’t come from a traditional political background. Maybe it’s because she has loudly protested Republican policies and talking points in the past. Or maybe it’s because she’s a young Latina who won’t take any of their abuse.
Either way, AOC has received a lot of ire from conservatives and that doesn’t seem to be letting up.
The hate has continued over the weekend as Mitch McConnell supporters posted a grossly inappropriate image involving a cardboard cut out of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Instagram.
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In the photo, a group of young white men surround a cardboard cut out of Representative Ocasio-Cortez. One young man is shown embracing and kissing the image of the representative while another mimics holding the Latina by the neck, choking her. The post was originally made on Instagram before it was shared onto Twitter and was captioned with the suggestive, “Break me off a piece of that.”
The pictures were taken at an event called the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Kentucky. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was a speaker at the event. His social media team even posted their own controversial photo that involved tombstones with the names of McConnell’s political rivals. In his time as Majority Leader, McConnell has worked to oppose bipartisanship, blocking many motions that have come from Democrats in Senate and killing the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court so this is nothing new from the Senator.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez was quick to respond to the image Monday night when it began trending on Twitter.
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“Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you,” Representative Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday night. “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?”
It’s been well documented that Representative Ocasio-Cortez has received threats of violence, death and rape from far-right supporters and those that oppose the Democratic party. A cop in Lousiana recently got fired for threatening the representative on social media. The exposed Facebook group belonging to ICE agents also had Photoshopped pictures of Rep Ocasio-Cortez being sexually abused and harmed. So, this Instagram post is just one of many situations when conservatives have threatened violence — whether seriously or as a depraved joke — against the Latina.
McConnell’s campaign responded to the post via the Washington Post denying any relation to the young men in the picture.
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Kevin Golden, McConnell’s campaign manager put out the following statement:
“These young men are not campaign staff. They’re high schoolers and 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 acts toward life-sized cardboard cutouts of any gender.”
It’s important to note that these young men also attend Covington Catholic School — the same school that produced the teens who disrupted the January 2018 Native American demonstration. During that controversy, McConnell and team also defended the young men and put the blame on the media for calling attention to what they saw as a case of “boys being boys.”
The young men pictured in the Insta pic also had other disturbing props at the Fancy Farm Picnic.
Twitter / @StrangeShadows
The group also came equipped with large cardboard cutouts of Brett Kavanaugh’s face. Kavanaugh was made a Supreme Court Justice when McConnell blocked the nomination of Judge Garland despite there being major accusations of sexual assault and rape against Kavanaugh. These props are truly tasteless but make sense considering their photo with the AOC cut out.
Of course, Twitter was quick to call out the racism, misogyny, and danger that is at play with stunts like these.
Twitter / @saraialejandraa
As this post points out, images of cis white men choking a Latina is inherently racist, no matter if they were playing around or not. It’s also indicative of the misogyny that is laughed off and allowed in the Republican party. This Twitter user also suggested donating to McConnell’s opponent, Amy McGrath, for his 2020 Kentucky seat.
Speaking of McGrath, she also tweeted her condemnation for McConnell and the disturbing images that came out of the Kentucky event.
Twitter / @AmyMcGrathKY
The McConnell opponent tweeted her disbelief and her disapproval of the Senate Majority Leader’s use of death imagery in his political messaging — especially so soon after the tragedy in El Paso. We have witnessed the Republican party coyly encourage violence against progressives and then act innocently about it. It’s time to call these moments out for what they are: threats that could very well turn to brutality and death.
You’ve heard of #ICEBae, now get ready to meet #ICEQueen. On July, 24th, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol, Chief Carla Provost, appeared before a Congressional subcommittee hearing in Washington DC to answer questions about her involvement in that secret, racist Facebook group that was recently exposed.
As it turns out, she was in on it too.
At the beginning of July 2019, ProPublica broke the story about a secret Facebook page made up of active and former members of the U.S. Border Patrol.
Twitter / @MarshallProj
In the group, members shared disgusting pictures, memes, and messages about government officials and the same migrant detainees they were ordered to guard. In some posts, graphic threats were made against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of Congress. Other reports say that one particular post was dedicated to disputing the authenticity of a photo of a drowned man, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, and his young daughter.
Shortly after the discovery of the Facebook group, Chief Carla Provost publicly denounced the group and its sexist and racist content. In a public statement to the press, Provost declared:
“These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect — from our agents day in and day out. Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”
However, in a wild twist, we probably should have seen coming, Provost has now admitted that she was also part of the 9,500 member group.
Twitter / @Never270
Provost testified in front of the Congressional committee that though she was a member of the group, she rarely ever logged on to the social media site. She also claimed that she immediately reported herself to an oversight division of U.S. Customs and Border Protection after she realized she was a member of the same group she had condemned just weeks ago.
During the hearing, Provost claimed that she gave her login and password to Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility. She went on to add that she hardly ever used her Facebook account — only using it to stay in touch with friends and colleagues whom she doesn’t often see.
Recent reports had already claimed that the ICE Queen was a member of this Facebook group. However, the Border Patrol Chief did not deny or confirm her membership before yesterday’s Congressional hearing.
The ICE Queen admitted that she only joined the group after being told that agents were talking about her.
Twitter / @christiansarkar
According to Provost, she accepted an invitation to the group back in 2017 when it was sent by a colleague. The colleague had told the Border Patrol Chief that her agents were discussing her performance as she was then the organization’s acting chief. Provost claimed that she would periodically search her name on Facebook and read the posts that she would find. The ICE Queen further went on to explain that she never noticed any of the specific groups that the posts came from.
The Border Patrol Chief also admitted to answering one specific post in the Facebook group. The post was supposedly about a question from the TV show “Jeopardy” and she saw that her agents were talking about her. The ICE Queen says that she was the subject of a Jeopardy question and that’s why the conversation mentioned her name.
The Border Patrol Chief still committed to her denunciation of the Facebook group and the members who participated in the sexist and racist posts.
Twitter / @Fogfaaja
“Let me be clear, on July 1 was the first time that I saw those highly offensive and highly unacceptable posts when I saw them in the ProPublica report,” Provost told lawmakers during the session. “I am as outraged as everyone else when it comes to the statements that were made on that page.”
Despite her condemnation of those who participated in the group, the ICE Queen insisted that, for the most part, Border Patrol guards are good people.
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When suggestions were made that this Facebook page was indicative of a racist subculture within the Border Patrol agency, Provost pushed back.
“I would still not call it a subculture,” she insisted. “The vast majority — 99-point-whatever percent — of our men and women are good hardworking American citizens who are doing the best they can in a very difficult crisis.”
Of the about 9,500 members of the group, only 62 current members and 8 former Border patrol agents are being investigated for posts and comments made. Provost used this fact to insist on the overall good of her agency.
“A few bad apples are not representative of the organization,” Provost said. “There are bad doctors, there are bad nurses, there are bad teachers, but we don’t vilify the entire group.”
It should never be forgotten that these other professions do not house children in cages or separate families as part of their jobs like U.S. Border Patrol workers do. These agents are being investigated for a reason and their bad rap has more than been earned.