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A Police Department In South Carolina Is In Hot Water After Sending Out A Tweet About AOC

Last Wednesday, the Summerville, South Carolina Police Department experienced a pretty serious glitch when someone tweeted “AOC is an idiot” from the department’s official Twitter account.

The tweet appeared in response to a series of posts from New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about parental leave in the United States.

Since the mishap came to light, the erroneous tweet has been deleted. Captain Rick Gebhardt of the Summerville Police Deparment told ABC News 4 that “a member of [the department’s] social media team inadvertently posted on [the department’s] official page instead of their own,” before adding that “[the employee’s] comments in no way represent those of the agency.”

To the credit—or detriment?—of the Department, their Twitter bio does clearly state that their account is “not monitored 24/7.” But, after this little mishap, maybe it should be?

Regardless, the Summerville incident is definitely not the first time (nor the worst time) that AOC has been criticized on social media.

Credit: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / Instagram

In fact, just a few months ago, AOC was at the center of a legal maelstrom regarding her decision to block online users from posting to her personal account (@AOC). She made this decision after receiving extensive criticism from individuals and organizations alike, referring to some interactions as straight up harassment. But in August, Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute sent her a letter that claimed she was violating her critics’ Constitutional rights by revoking access to her handle, arguing that Twitter is a “public forum” and her status as a political figure makes hers an essential space for promoting discourse and sharing information.

“Many of your tweets staking out positions on issues such as immigration, the environment, and impeachment have made headline news,” the letter noted. “The @AOC account is important to you as a legislator, to your constituents, and to others who seek to understand and influence your legislative decisions and priorities.”

Of course, because the internet is the most meta medium ever, AOC took to Twitter to respond to Columbia University’s missive. 

It’s also not uncommon for lawmakers to block critics on social networks. In 2017, ProPublica—a nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative reporting—asked all 50 governors and 22 federal agencies if they had ever blocked users on social media. Over half of those surveyed didn’t respond, but five Republican governors, four Democratic governors, and four agencies said that they had, indeed, blocked users in the past. And like AOC in the tweet above, they also provided information about who they had blocked and why.

In the midst of multiple lawsuits, AOC’s lawyers argued that because her @AOC handle is not her official government account, it should not be subject to the same rules that her government account must adhere to. But due to the fact that her @AOC account is used primarily for government purposes, that claim wasn’t exactly convincing to a judge. (The same issue emerged in July when a federal appeals panel ruled that Donald Trump had violated the Constitution when he blocked certain Twitter followers after they criticized him.)

After several First Amendment experts encouraged her to reassess her stance on blocking critics on social media, AOC made a pretty classy move and apologized to one of her main detractors, a former assemblyman named Dov Hikind.

“I have reconsidered my decision to block Dov Hikind from my Twitter account,” AOC said in a statement made the day before she was scheduled to testify in Brooklyn federal court. “Mr. Hikind has a First Amendment right to express his views and should not be blocked for them.”

“It was wrong and improper and does not reflect the values I cherish,” she added.

However, AOC remained adamant about not permitting users to harass or verbally abuse her (or others) through her social media pages. She affirmed that she would continue to block users from following her in the future if they behaved inappropriately, ultimately making it less of a forum for productive democratic discussion.

“I reserve the right to block users who engage in actual harassment or exploit my personal/campaign account, @AOC, for commercial or other improper purposes,” she said.

The letter from Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute also acknowledged the importance of this issue, drawing attention to the nuanced issue of what type of speech should not be allowed under the First Amendment—especially when directed at public figures online.

“We recognize that abuse and harassment are significant problems on social media, especially for women and minorities, and that this abuse and harassment can deter speech and political participation that are crucial to our democracy,” said the letter.

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Rihanna Hilariously Took A Jab At Trump While Taking Out The Trash On Inauguration Day— ‘I’m just here to help’


Rihanna Hilariously Took A Jab At Trump While Taking Out The Trash On Inauguration Day— ‘I’m just here to help’

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Rihanna just proved that she’s capable of just about anything. Last week, the class act proved that she can class up even the trashiest of things. While on a walk to the curb with bags of trash the singer rocked diamonds and a pair of satin pink peep-toe heels and gloves in a pointed jab at former President Trump. 

She might be a star but Rihanna isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to taking out the trash on behalf of President Joe Biden.

Last Wednesday, the singer and fashion designer celebrated Biden’s inauguration and Trump’s exit with a silly post on her Instagram page. Dressed in stilettos, the “Love On The Brain” singer carried two bags of garbage out to the curb with a caption that read “I’m just here to help #WeDidItJoe.”

The comment was a clear nod to Vice President Kamala Harris and President Biden’s historic win and their ultimate swearing-in last week.

Dressed in a vintage tee-shirt reading ‘End Racism By Any Means Necessary’ Rihanna threw some shade and the trash away. 

Continuing to throw shade in the caption, Rihanna added: ‘I’m just here to help.’ The singer has proven herself to be an ultimate fan of the Biden-Harris ticket. Last year when they won the election she tweeted about their win writing “The faces of history makers, boundary breakers, and WINNERS!!CONGRATULATIONS to you both, and mostly to the American people!! So much work to do, so much hurt to undo! Let’s GO! I’m so proud of you America!”

Fortunately, it looks like Rihanna is showing no signs of slowing down her celebrations this year.

On Sunday, the Savage x Fenty owner shared a video of herself dancing in a hotel room while sporting some of her own line’s lingerie.

After doing some twerks and showing off a Savage x Fenty dotted mesh skirt, and a set of matching gloves, RiRi gave fans a fun Valentine’s Day champagne toast.

“Cupid could NEVA!” she captioned her post. “#ValentinesDayCountdown.”

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Capitol Insurrectionist Who Threatened to ‘Assassinate’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Been Arrested, Charged

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Capitol Insurrectionist Who Threatened to ‘Assassinate’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Has Been Arrested, Charged

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The FBI recently revealed a disturbing bit of news about one of the rioters who participated in the storming of the Capitol on January 6th.

According to an FBI affidavit, the rioter, whose name is Garret Miller, tweeted that he wanted to “assassinate” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Garret Miller responded to a tweet that AOC sent out on January 6th in the wake of the Capitol riots. The tweet was one word: “Impeach.” Miller responded to the tweet: “Assassinate AOC.”

But before he tweeted the death threat at the lawmaker, he defended his actions as well of the actions of his fellow insurrectionists, writing: “We acted in honor and we [were] not armed. We [were] gentle with the police. They murdered a child.”

The “child” he is ostensibly referring to in the above tweet is the 35-year-old San Diego woman, Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by a Capitol police officer when she was trying to climb through a window.

According to the FBI, Miller meticulously recorded his involvement with the riots on social media.

On his Facebook page, Miller posted a selfie of himself within the Capitol building wearing a Trump hat. Someone commented on the post: “bro you got in?! Nice!” to which Miller responded, “just wanted to incriminate myself a little lol.”

In response to this ironic piece of information, AOC tweeted out: “‘Just wanted to incriminate myself a little’…Well, you did!”

The FBI also alleges that Miller posted another death-threat–this one directed at the Capitol police officer who killed Ashli Babbitt–saying: “We going to get a hold of [the USCP officer] and hug his neck with a nice rope”. He also admitted on Instagram that he had a rope in his bag on the day of the insurrection.

Miller’s brazen public admissions to his treasonous actions stuck out to AOC as worth commenting on.

She wrote on Twitter: “On one hand you have to laugh, and on the other know that the reason they were this brazen is because they thought they were going to succeed.”

AOC has previously opened up bout her experience being trapped in the Capitol when rioters breached the building.

In a recent Instagram live video, AOC confessed she “thought she was going to die” when rioters stormed the building. She also said that she didn’t feel comfortable gathering in a “secure extraction point” with other representatives because she didn’t trust her colleagues.

She believed that far-right Republican representatives might “disclose [her] location]” to the insurrectionists or “create opportunities to allow [her] to be hurt, kidnapped.”

“I didn’t even feel safe around other members of Congress, and to be kind of fending for yourself in that way is traumatizing,” she said. It seems like she had good reason to be afraid.

As for Garrett Miller, his lawyer says that he “regrets the acts he took in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump.”

Miller will face charges of threats and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. His hearing is set for Monday the 25th.

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