New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused the top Republican in the House of allowing a “Ku Klux Klan caucus” to target nonwhite, female members for their supporters to attack and threaten.
In a series of tweets posted from her personal account on Tuesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Trump suck-up McCarthy “is so desperate to be Speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus to look aside & allow violent targeting of [woman of color] members of Congress”.
“This cannot be ignored,” she said.
The progressive firebrand’s comments were meant to illustrate how most Americans “truly don’t understand the scale, intensity, & volume of threats” which have been targeted at her colleague, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
One of only two Muslim women in Congress — and the only one to wear a hijab, or headscarf, Ilhan Omar has been the focus of derogatory rumors, right-wing conspiracy theories, and even death threats from the time she was first sworn in.
On Tuesday, Ilhan Omar revealed that she had been on the receiving end of a vulgar threatening phone message in the wake of Lauren Boebert posting a video regarding her aborted so-called attempt to apologize for the Islamophobic remarks she’d made which had recently gone viral.
The message, which she played for reporters, consisted of a male voice saying: “You fucking Muslim piece of shit… you fucking traitor, you will not live any longer”.
Continuing, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Kevin McCarthy’s acceptance of his colleagues’ violent rhetoric “is not just about nasty phone calls and emails”.
“[Republicans] are given the freedom to incite without consequence. They don’t have to pay for the security required from their acts. We do,” she wrote, adding that her GOP colleagues actually make money from the threats by fundraising.
“They are targeting those least likely to be institutionally protected first,” she said.
The second-term New York congresswoman has also been the target of violent rhetoric from Republicans. Last month, Crazy Arizona Representative Paul Gosar became the first member to be censured in over a decade after he tweeted an animated video depicting him killing AOC and threatening President Joe Biden.
source: The Independent