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A Conservative Parent Is Using Her Daughter To Mock AOC And Critics Say She Clearly Doesn’t Care About The Girl’s Future

You haven’t really made it until you have a few haters. Truly, when you have people mocking you for shallow reasons, it usually means they’re intimidated by your substance. Whether it’s Twitter trolls or a bonafide impersonation on SNL, it means you’ve gotten the public’s attention; for better or for worse.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had a lot of this kind of focus directed at her ever since she ran to represent her home district in Congress. A lot of the hate she gets comes from those intimidated by her bold ideas and Latina-ness. Unlike her newest naysayer, most of her detractors have been people who are at least old enough to vote.

This newest AOC critic is a social media account using a young girl to mock and imitate the Representative.

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Calling her Mini AOC, the account features Ava Martinez as the unflattering impersonator. The Twitter bio for the account claims that it is run by her mother. For her impersonations, Martinez uses familiar-looking glasses, red lipstick, and a ponytail to pull off the mimicry. In her posts, the 8-year-old girl reads from cue-cards as she mocks Ocasio-Cortez and her policies.

She additionally lampoons other Democrats and Independents like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders. For example, in a recent video, you will hear a horse neighing loudly in the background every time Martinez says the words “Nancy Pelosi.” The little social media celebrity also explains how she thinks a glass of prune juice would make a better House Speaker than Speaker Pelosi.

Martinez first experienced Social clout when her step-father, Salvatore Schachter, uploaded a video with her impressions back in April 2019. Since then, her performances have made her popular with Republican viewers. In fact, Martinez has appeared on both Fox News and Fox Business to share her right-wing takes.

While these videos may seem cute at first glance, the flippant way some devastating topics are being ridiculed is pretty sickening.

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In a Twitter post made on July 1st, Martinez posted four pictures of herself looking distraught while clinging to a chain-link fence.

The tweet reads: “Every time I plan a visit to the park it’s closed! ???? Can everyone see how sad this makes me?! ☹️ #sad #MALA #MINIAOC”

The post is no doubt a swipe at the migrant detention facilities at our borders. Specifically, they are meant to mock images of the Representative’s trip to the Tornillo holding facility. These pictures were recently shared on Twitter by writer/photographer Ivan Pierre Aguirre. AOC and other Democratic politicians have made attempts to visit these spaces, only to be turned down by guards. The reported state of these facilities are inhuman and have been likened by Ocasio-Cortez as “concentration camp.”

In another post from May 2019, the Mini AOC account shares a photo of President Barack Obama riding a bicycle. In the post, the account misgenders the president and claims that he was the first female leader of our nation.

These tweets and videos could be dismissed as a joke but the use of little Ava Martinez as their presenter is dangerously irresponsible.

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While a child taking an interest in politics is usually something to celebrate, using Martinez to deliver anti-migrant sentiment isn’t. Making her the face of this account may get views and followers, but the adults responsible are doing so by manipulating this girl’s thoughts and opinions. It isn’t satire if she is too young to understand and form her own judgment. Using her voice in this manner takes away her autonomy.

The same can be said for other social media child stars. Many times, these children are driven to perform by their guardians. It becomes a full-time job and makes them public figures while still navigating childhood. There is money to be made in this medium and — as long as it’s profitable — child stars will be in danger of being manipulated to pursue that cash.

Twitter has pointed out the potential harm this obviously imposed performing can have.

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Canadian actress Jean Yoon tweeted her opposition to using Martinez to mock such a serious issue. As an actress, she no doubt understands the pressure that this girl is under to perform as Mini AOC.

This Twitter user expressed condolences for Martinez.

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More focused on Martinez’s future, this Twitter user hoped for a future where she won’t be exploited by her guardians. What this child needs is privacy and safe spaces to speak her own truth, not the words fed to her.

Kids are products of their environments. We can only hope that Ava Martinez’s environment doesn’t include this Mini AOC act for much longer.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Faced Close Encounter And Feared For Her Life

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Faced Close Encounter And Feared For Her Life

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We are getting a better look into what happened at the U.S. Capitol when Trump supporters stormed the building. There have been stories of politicians with military history saving lives and horrific revelations. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently let the world know that she had a moment when she feared for her life.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is speaking out after the violent day at the Capitol building.

In an hour-long Instagram Live video, Rep. AOC spoke frankly about what happened while far-right Trump supporters stormed the building. The unruly mob turned a usually ceremonious and boring function of Congress, certifying the electoral votes, into one of the darkest days for our democracy. For Rep. AOC, it was almost the end of her life.

“As for myself, I had a pretty traumatizing event happen to me. I do not know if I can even disclose the full details of that event due to security concerns,” she said in her Instagram Live while recounting the insurrection of Jan. 6. “I can tell you that I had a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die and you have all of those thoughts where, you know, at the end of your life, and all of these thoughts come rushing to you. That’s what happened to a lot of us on Wednesday. I did not think, I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive. Not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense.”

Rep. AOC also used her Instagram Live to talk about the traitorous acts she witnessed.

At the beginning of the video, Rep. AOC highlights the Republicans who helped create the dangerous insurrection. She did not hold back on naming some of the people she holds responsible for inciting the mob through rhetoric and political ambition.

“Wednesday, as you know, the president, frankly assisted by members of Congress, incited an attack on the United States Capitol,” Rep. AOC says in the video. “This is known as an act of insurrection, an act of sedition. Frankly, he is a traitor to our country, a traitor to the United States and I don’t think there’s another way you can put it. I don’t think there’s another way to put, there’s no other way to put it.”

She continued adding: “If you are Senator Ted Cruz or Senator Josh Hawley, and frankly if you are many members of Congress, you cast that vote not out of genuine belief, but you cast it out of political ambition. That is what they did. They incited an attack on the Capitol and many many many members of Congress were almost murdered. Many Congressional staffers were almost killed. Many children, children of members of Congress, were there. Children.”

Rep. AOC is not the only member of Congress sounding the alarm about colleagues making this happen.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., came forward to tell people about how she saw Republican members of Congress allegedly working with the rioters.

“We can’t have a democracy if members of Congress are actively helping the president overturn the elections results,” Rep. Sherrill said during a live webcast Tuesday. “And so not only do I intend to see that the president is removed and never runs for office again and doesn’t have access to classified material, I also intend to see that those members of Congress who abetted him; those members of Congress who had groups coming through the Capitol that I saw on Jan. 5 — a reconnaissance for the next day; those members of Congress that incited this violent crowd; those members of Congress that attempted to help our president undermine our democracy; I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure that they don’t serve in Congress.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s chief of staff reported her own terrifying moment.

Sarah Groh told Boston Globe that she and her husband were in Rep. Pressley’s office and barricaded the door with furniture. That was when she tried to use the panic buttons for help, which she had done before. Despite never changing offices, Groh said that all of the panic buttons were gone.

READ: Ted Cruz Among Senators Facing Backlash And Calls To Resign After Mob Breaches US Capitol

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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Biden Says He Will Introduce An Immigration Bill “Immediately” But What Will Be In It?

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During the 2020 election, Latinos were a massive electoral voting bloc. In fact, for the first time ever, the Latino vote outnumbered the Black vote. According to the Pew Research Center, there are now 32 million eligible Latino voters and that accounts for 13 percent of all eligible voters. 

And, Latinos helped deliver the presidency to Joe Biden. So it can be expected that the community has high expectations for Joe Biden to deliver on his campaign promises of immigration reform.

During a recent speech about his first 100 days in office, Joe Biden outlined his priorities once he’s sworn in on January 20th, and said he would “immediately” send an immigration bill to congress.

Joe Biden promises swift action on immigration reform as soon as he takes office.

Over the weekend, President-Elect Joe Biden promised he would take swift action when it comes to immigration reform and rolling back many of the cruel and dangerous policies put into place by the Trump administration.

“I will introduce an immigration bill immediately,” he said in a news conference on Friday.

Although he didn’t go into detail regarding the proposed legislation, he’s previously committed to ending Trump’s ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim nations, and that he wants a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and an increase in guest worker permits to help bring undocumented agricultural workers – many of whom are now considered “essential workers” – out of the shadows.

Biden had already promised an immigration overhaul within the first 100 days of his presidency but this commitment definitely increases the pressure on him and congress to get things done.

Biden also said his justice department will investigate the policy of child separation.

During the same press conference, Biden said that his Justice Department will determine responsibility for the family separation program, which led to more than 2,600 children being taken from caregivers after crossing the U.S. southern border, and whether it was criminal.

“There will be a thorough, thorough investigation of who is responsible, and whether or not the responsibility is criminal,” Biden said. That determination will be made by his attorney general-designate, Merrick Garland, he added.

During the campaign, Biden finally took responsibility for many of his administration’s immigration failures.

Nicknamed the “Deporter in Chief,” Obama deported more immigrants than any other president in U.S. history with over 3 million deportations during his time in office. 

But as part of that administration, Joe Biden is also complicit. That’s why during the campaign he seemed to acknowledge at least some of the pain the duo caused.

“Joe Biden understands the pain felt by every family across the U.S. that has had a loved one removed from the country, including under the Obama-Biden Administration, and he believes we must do better to uphold our laws humanely and preserve the dignity of immigrant families, refugees, and asylum-seekers,” Biden’s immigration plan reads. 

While Obama’s methods pale in comparison to the cruel tactics like family separation, inhumane conditions, and targeted raids, the impact the deportations have had on families is cannot be quantified.

Biden, like any Vice President, is put in the position of having to defend his president, but also himself as the future president. This isn’t a bad thing, Biden must distinguish himself from his predecessor but if the shadow of Obama’s legacy is buying him goodwill, it might be difficult to undermine that administration’s stances.

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