AOC blasts baseball team for video its portraying as American & # 39; opponent & # 39; together with Kim Jong-un
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says & # 39; hateful messages & # 39; such as that of a baseball team in the minor league that compares it with & # 39; American opponents & # 39; such as Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro leads to a & # 39; tidal wave of death threats & # 39 ;.
The Democratic congressman from New York reacted for the first time on Tuesday to a Memorial Day tribute video that was broadcast in a minor league baseball stadium by the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League.
& # 39; What people do not (perhaps not) realize is when (organizations) send out these hate messages, my life changes (because of) the tidal wave of death threats that inspire them, & # 39; the Bronx native tweeted on Tuesday.
& # 39; I have morning where I wake up and the (first) thing I do (with) my coffee is review photo & # 39; s of the men (they are always men) who want to kill me. & # 39;
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded Tuesday to a Memorial Day video comparing her to & # 39; America & # 39; s opponents & # 39; such as Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro
Ocasio-Cortez says that & # 39; hateful messages & # 39; lead to a & # 39; flood of death threats & # 39;
& # 39; For those in & # 39; free speech & # 39; believe: whose free speech do you believe? & # 39; she tweeted
AOC continued: & # 39; I don't get to see them all. Only those that are marked as particularly disturbing.
& # 39; It happens whenever Fox (News) becomes particularly aggressive (and) hateful.
& # 39; Young trainees must constantly hear hate speech (far beyond disagreement) from (people) that we don't even rep.
& # 39; All this means that words matter and can have consequences for safety.
& # 39; For those in & # 39; free speech & beliefs: whose free speech do you believe?
& # 39; Because some people who use freedom of expression to defend racism also support people who pass laws to make demonstrators run. & # 39;
The Grizzlies, a minor league branch of the Washington Nationals, apologized on Monday for a & # 39; misleading and offensive & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video in which Ocasio-Cortez was depicted as one of the many American & # 39; opponents & # 39 ;, along with North Korean dictator Kim and deceased Cuban President Fidel Castro.
According to Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, the video was intended as a & # 39; moving tribute & # 39; to the armed forces, but a spokesperson stated that the team & # 39; embarrassed & # 39; was to process the image of the freshman congresswoman in the images to make her one of America's opponents.
The video, which was shown on the scoreboard between the games during Monday's double header, contained several images of United States armed servants and had a voice from President Ronald Reagan's inaugural address in 1981.
Three minutes after the video, as Reagan warns about & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; and & # 39; potential opponents of America & # 39 ;, Ocasio-Cortez is depicted among images of protesters Jong-un, Castro and Antifa.
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Three minutes after the Fresno Grizzlies & # 39; Memorial Day tribute video, as Ronald Reagan warns about & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; and & # 39; potential opponents & # 39 ;, Ocasio-Cortez is depicted between images of Kim, Castro and Antifa demonstrators.
Fidel Castro (left) was also included in the video, suggesting that the deceased former Cuban president and Ocasio-Cortez both & # 39; enemies of freedom & # 39; to be. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un (right) was also depicted after Ocasio-Cortez in the video
The video also suggested that Antifa protesters are among American & # 39; opponents & # 39; found.
& # 39; We are aware of the issue with the Memorial Day tribute video being shown in the base between the games of Monday & # 39; s doubleheader & # 39 ;, read a statement from the team.
& # 39; A pre-produced video from outside our front office has been selected; Unfortunately, what was a moving tribute ended with a number of misleading and offensive edits, which made a statement that was not our intention and certainly not our opinion.
& # 39; We apologize to our fans and our community for the mistake and for not properly evaluating the video. We also apologize for those who have served the country and are currently serving for the unnecessary distraction on such a solemn day. & # 39;
As USA Today reported, the employee responsible for playing the video has been identified.
Grizzlies spokesman Paul Braverman told USA Today that in the future the team & # 39; an abundance of caution & # 39; will use and probably not broadcast Internet video & # 39; s at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, California.
On Monday she tweeted her own message to armed servants: & # 39; Today, # Memorial Day, we honor the lives of everyone who gave his life, both abroad and at home, in the service of our country. It is a tough day for many. Take the time to be there for each other; to check in, share stories, reflect or silently mark with a moment of gratitude. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted its own message to members of the armed service on Monday
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