AOC was called out on social media over photographs near a migrant detention center that critics said appeared to be staged during her 2018 campaign, a charge that her office denied.
The “previously unpublished” pictures came to light when a photographer, Ivan Pierre Aguirre, posted them on his Twitter account. He said that they were taken last year in Tornillo, Texas.
The New York Democrat tweeted the article and wrote, “Never forget this, because it was the time I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a country that steals refugee children from their relatives, & caged them. More children died after that. No one has been held responsible to date. We need to save these children.”
However, the tweet was called out by some on social media who stated that the images close to a chain-linked fence seemed to be “staged.” There’s one picture of Ocasio-Cortez seemingly bent over in despair and another one with her hands covering her face.
The images were particularly ridiculed because during the protest there was no sight of real migrant kids.
“Excuse me while I take the time to put on bright red lipstick, a pristine white outfit and a Movado watch before I go see little kids locked up in the desert,” one social media user tweeted.
“Did the cars cause all that pain and anguish?” a social media user wrote in a tweet, sharing pictures from the protest showing that the Democrat, on the far left, looking at an empty road with a few cars.
Did the cars cause all that pain and anguish? pic.twitter.com/nMfIVoknsa
— Timmayyy Bee (@OMGitzTIMMAY) June 26, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez defied the party on Tuesday and voted against a proposal to provide $4.5 billion in emergency border financing to improve migrant children’s circumstances.