Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Conservatives have feelings about old photos from AOC’s border visit resurfacing

The photos have people split down the typical lines.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jun 26, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 9:49 am CDT

A batch of photos showing now-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) at a child-housing complex for undocumented immigrants in Texas last year is sparking some criticism online.

The photos, which were made public by a photographer earlier this week, show Ocasio-Cortez just days before she would go on to win in a New York primary in 2018.

They show the New York lawmaker, clearly emotional, standing next to a chain-link fence and crying.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the photographer on Twitter and said she would “never forget” going there.

As the Houston Chronicle pointed out in 2018, she was part of a group of protesters at the facility. She tweeted about the protest—which was also attended by activists and celebrities—on the same day. She also tweeted similar photos a few days later.

Many people found the photos to be moving.

A large contingent of conservative also criticized them for looking “staged” or for being part of a “performance.” However, it wasn’t Ocasio-Cortez who shared the photos, and it was she who went to a detention center a year ago, highlighting a cause she has continued to rail against since taking office.

A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez told the Hill that comments suggesting the photos were staged are “in no way related to reality or truth.”


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*First Published: Jun 26, 2019, 3:03 pm CDT