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According to AOC, Agents At Texas Detention Center Are Telling Migrants To Drink Water From Toilets

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has been under fire for months for the conditions of migrant detention facilities, including not giving children basic sanitary necessities, leaving out rotting food and providing standing room only conditions for migrants in some facilities.

AOC was on a trip to visit migrant detention centers with more than a dozen other House members Monday, and what they found has left them angered and in shock.

Democratic lawmakers described “appalling” conditions at a migrant detention center they visited in Texas at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused U.S. border agents of conducting a program of “psychological warfare” against detained migrants who were told to drink water from toilets if they were thirsty.

California Rep. Judy Chu also said on Twitter that migrants were told to drink from the toilet if they wanted water. Pennsylvania Rep. Madeleine Dean in a tweet called conditions “far worse than we ever could have imagined.”

The lawmakers were taking part in a delegation organized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to El Paso and Clint, Texas, to investigate facilities used to detain undocumented immigrants. Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter she “forced” herself into a cell to speak to women, who described “their treatment at the hands of officers as ‘psychological warfare’ – waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them wh*res, etc.”

Upon leaving the facility, AOC immediately took to Twitter to detail the terrible conditions that migrants are facing in these detention centers.

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“Just left the 1st CBP facility. I see why CBP officers were being so physically & sexually threatening towards me. Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, referring to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

AOC and other members of Congress pointed out how border patrol agents, ICE officers, and detention facility staff face zero accountability for their actions.

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Two Democrats from Texas, Reps. Joaquín Castro, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Veronica Escobar, a freshman representative of the Hispanic Caucus, were also part of the group that toured immigration detention facilities in El Paso and Clint, Texas.

“We came today and we saw that the system is still broken,” Castro said at a press conference after their tour. “We are very concerned about the conditions in which people are being kept,” he said, as he and the other lawmakers were trying to speak above the din of protesters shouting, “America First!”

And the shocking report comes at the same time news broke of a secret Facebook group for border agents and their racist and sexist posts.

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Her tweets came hours after Pro Publica reported that 9,500 Customs and Border Patrol agents had participated in a Facebook group replete with jokes about migrant deaths and sexist comments about lawmakers, including Ocasio-Cortez. 

Customs and Border Protection said in a statement Monday it was opening an investigation into the Facebook group. It reported that members of the group shared a post in which a photo-shopped President Donald Trump is shown to force Ocasio-Cortez’s head toward his crotch and another illustration suggesting she engaged in oral sex with migrants.

“Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection was made aware of disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number of CBP employees,” said Assistant Commissioner Matthew Klein. He said the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector is beginning an investigation.

Reaction to the congresswoman’s visit to the detention center and the details were swift on Twitter.

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The only way we are going to stop this cruelty is by creating change. And we can all do our part by calling, emailing, texting, or tweeting at our representatives. They have the power to stop this!

And many pointed out that if this is how CBP officers are acting while members of Congress are around…imagine how they act when they’re not.

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“There’s abuse in this facility,” AOC tolda local El Paso NBC station. “This is them on their best behavior? And they put them in a room with no running water, and these women were being told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet.”

Many took to Twitter to express their shock and outrage over the fact that this is happening in the USA in this day and age.

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Some drew comparisons between the migrant prisons and the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

While many others simply hoped that eventually all those guilty for these acts will finally be held accountable.

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The best way we can hold those accountable is by getting out to vote. And voting not just for a new president in 2020, along with a new Senate, but also getting out to vote for your local representatives at the city, county, and state level.

Be the change you want to see!

READ: Historians And AOC Agree That Detention Centers Look Like Concentration Camps But Conservatives Don’t Want To Hear It

Right-Wing Pundit Tomi Lahren Dressed Up As AOC For Halloween And Twitter Had Some Thoughts

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Right-Wing Pundit Tomi Lahren Dressed Up As AOC For Halloween And Twitter Had Some Thoughts

Conservative political commentator and Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren dressed up as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in order to mock the progressive congresswoman. It appears Lahren, has a knack for picking on Latinas from The Bronx. The pundit came under fire this year when she insulted Cardi B. The rapper kindly let Lahren know that she would “dog walk” her. 

Lahren, who was fired from her previous job at The Blaze when she dissented from her employers and admitted she was pro-choice, said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants to pass policies that will save the world from global warming, is scarier than any other monster she’s seen. 

Tomi Lahren dressed up as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Halloween.

Lahren posted a photo of herself dressed up as AOC in a desperate attempt to someone how diminish the efforts of the Latinx congresswoman who just so happens to be the youngest congressperson in history after unseating an incumbent. 

“This Halloween I decided to dress up as the thing that scares me most, the Democratic Dimwit Darling herself. I’m not afraid of ghouls, ghosts, zombies or political incorrectness. I am far more terrified AOC was actually elected to the United States Congress. Talk about a haunted House,” Lahren posted on Instagram without editing for grammar. 

In the photo, she is wearing a dark brown wig, glasses, blazer, and holding fake copies of the Green New Deal, a policy proposal that would address climate change and economic inequality, and the Communist Manifesto, a widely read ideology that has empowered millions of poor and marginalized people – or as Lahren would put it “scary” stuff. Moreover, AOC is a Democratic Socialist not a communist. 

Lahren who has 1.5 million followers on Twitter decided to dress up as Ocasio-Cortez who has 5.7 million followers on Twitter. Wonder why? Twitter users had their own thoughts. 

Social media users see through Lahren’s transparent stunt for attention. 

Lahren’s caption on Instagram differed from her Twitter caption where she attempted to malign AOC for being a “former bartender.” Many Twitter users assessed that Lahren was using the stunt to increase her profile, considering AOC is the more famous of the two and known to make headlines. 

“I don’t know who Tomi Lahren is… Must be pretty irrelevant looking for some kind of attention. They always say mocking someone is the greatest form of flattery,” one user tweeted. 

“Only 2yrs older than you and AOC is in Congress electrifying the nation and you are dressing up like her for Halloween and don’t even see the irony. I bet she does scare you–AOC exemplifies all you are not: Smart, empathic, working hard for America. You could learn from her,” another user tweeted. 

Alyssa Milano calls out Lahren for implying being a “bartender” is a bad thing. 

“Imitation is the sincerest form a flattery. Also, aren’t you part of the party who claims to be for working Americans? Why say ‘bartender,’ like it’s a bad thing?” Alyssa Milano tweeted, noting the pundit’s hypocrisy. 

The only criticism Lahren replied to is Milano’s who has 3.7 million followers on Twitter, nearly double Lahren’s. The Republican responded apologetically, backtracking from her initial implication. 

“I mean this truly and sincerely, being a former bartender is the best and most admirable thing about,” Lahren said. 

Lahren responds to backlash about her costume by accusing Beto of appropriating Mexican culture.  

After receiving criticism for her disparaging costume, Lahren went on a Twitter where she made some confusing arguments in an attempt to defend herself. 

“For all those crybabies out there triggered by my Halloween costume and others: it’s Halloween, calm down. Thought you Lefties would love a day that legitimizes going door-to-door asking for free things, anyway,” Lahren wrote.

There were no reports of people crying over Lahren’s costume. Moreover, the suggestion that Leftists and Democrats like giving away free things because a party tenet is to provide low-cost social services to the marginalized that are not free but paid for with the taxes of said marginalized, unlike billionaires who paid less in taxes than the working class in 2018, appears to be an attempt at humor from the commentator. 

Then she went onto accuse Elizabeth Warren of pretending to be Native American by using the language of racists and calling her Pocahontas.

Warren came under fire after demonstrating she has indigenous ancestry with a DNA test, despite tribal affiliation practices disavowing blood quantums. Lahren insinuated Beto O’Rourke’s nickname was a way for him, a white man that everyone knows is white, to appear Mexican.  

The lesson this Halloween is that when you leave a hateful comment or repost someone on social media to roast them you are still engaging with their content, thereby making the user more successful and profitable. 

AOC’s Average Priced Haircut Has Set Off A Twitter Storm On The Right But She’s Clapping Back

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AOC’s Average Priced Haircut Has Set Off A Twitter Storm On The Right But She’s Clapping Back

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There is a lot that offends people about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: her Green New Deal, her socialism, her dancing, her previous employment as a bar-tender, and now, apparently, her hair.

On Wednesday, a story from a conservative news outlet that shall not be named—nor linked to—attempted to manufacture outrage over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s hair salon bill: There was a reported $80 cut, $180 for lowlights, and pure speculation about a $52 tip, for a grand total of approximately $312. The message? How dare a democratic socialist—and someone in the public eye whose appearance very much matters, for better or for worse—get a haircut at market price for a major metropolis?

Other publications have subsequently seized on the invented “controversy,” even if no one seems truly mad about it except for conservative talking heads. On the contrary, much of the outrage online seems to be on AOC’s behalf—that harping on her haircut is typical sexism and hypocrisy. How quickly the right is quick to ignore Mitt Romeny’s comparably priced $70 cut back in 2011, or John Edward’s $1,250 hair bills from 2007.

But as usual there isn’t much need to come to AOC’s defense when, in fact, no one is better at crafting the perfect response to hypocrisy and nonsense than AOC herself.

According to the paper, a self-described Democratic-Socialist shouldn’t be paying fair market price for a haircut.

“The self-declared socialist, who regularly rails against the rich and complains about the cost of living inside the Beltway, spent nearly $300 on her hairdo at a pricey salon she frequents in downtown Washington…” the article began.

Many on the right were incensed that the congresswoman hadn’t paid a visit to the subsidized Capital Hill barbershop.

Others drew attention to the article’s assertion that Ocasio-Cortez “could have saved roughly $100 for the same hairstyle at the government-subsidized Capitol Hill barbershop”.

“Her high-dollar hairdo stands in stark contrast to that of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former senator from Alabama who is a regular customer at Senate Hair Care Services,” the article said.

“At that place, open to members of Congress and the public, a men’s cut runs about $20, though men’s haircuts there and everywhere else are cheaper than women’s,” the article acknowledges.

Many questioned the choice of Jeff Sessions as a model. “Damn, why didn’t AOC ask for a rec from hair icon *checks notes* Jeff Sessions?” wrote one person.

Of course, AOC had the perfect response to all this BS.

The New York congresswoman noted that if you’re mad about her $80 haircut, which, by the way, she paid for herself, you’re bound to hate vice president Mike Pence’s $600,000 limo bill from his official visit to Ireland last month, which, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Pence billed to taxpayers.

Citing State Department contracts, CREW writes that Pence racked up the steep bill because, despite meetings in Dublin, the VP elected to drive four hours away in order to stay at…you guessed it…President Trump’s golf resort in Doonbeg.

So why is AOC’s private salon bill up for debate while Pence’s public limo tab flies under the radar? Sexism. Pure and simple.

And women on Twitter defended the Congresswoman, saying the ones who should be checking their privilege in the haircare wars were men.

It’s obvious men clearly have no idea how much women were routinely charged for haircuts and colour treatments.

“Sorry, you don’t get to create beauty standards that require women to spend hundreds or thousands a year to be considered presentable and then hate us for it,” tweeted the writer Jessica Valenti.

Right now it’s her hair, but the right has come for AOC for so many different things it’s hard to keep track.

And let’s be real. Even if AOC had followed the ‘advice’ and got a $20 bowl cut, she’d still drive them crazy because she is both effective and polished – a fact that makes her feel all that more threatening to her critics.

In the past, her clothes were the “controversy,” from that from-behind photo taken without her consent and tweeted (and later deleted) to the manufactured “outrage” over the borrowed $3,000 Gabriela Hearst suit she wore, fleetingly, for a photo shoot in Interview magazine. It’s almost as if people don’t think AOC deserves to dress, and look, the part of congresswoman.

Reliably, AOC had the sharpest reply to the latest wave of attention around her appearance. “Our policies, like Medicare for All, advance prosperity for working people,” she tweeted on Thursday of Democratic socialism. As for her critics: “They’re just mad we look good doing it.” Now that’s a hair flip.