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A Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) parody account known as ‘Mini AOC’ has left Twitter and all other social media platforms after claiming it was subjected to doxxing and death threats.
A recent controversial tweet from the account sought to parody a photo set of Ocasio-Cortez that was recently rediscovered. In the original photos, Ocasio-Cortez is seen looking sullen and heartbroken outside of a child-housing complex for undocumented immigrants in Tornillo, Texas.
I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents,& caged them.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable.
We need to save these kids. https://t.co/HhdMqc5zML
The original photos attracted divisive reactions online.
The Mini AOC tweet that spurred so much ire chose to poke fun at the suffering of the children being held at such complexes. The account recreated Ocasio-Cortez’s photos under the premise that Mini AOC was upset the park she wanted to go to was closed. Ava Martinez, the 8-year-old girl who plays the role and her parents who operate the Mini AOC accounts quickly received backlash for this particular attempt at a parody.
Yes the mini aoc account is disturbing as hell, but arguably as bad is her mom’s total lack of commitment to the bit. Give me a mini aoc who mercilessly mocks the troops or gtfo pic.twitter.com/GeEBAW1KsC— Lauren Lavín (@YasBruja) July 2, 2019
Many online were quick to point out the exploitative nature of the Mini AOC account in using a child to gain popularity and attention online.
Real AOC: fighting CBP— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) July 2, 2019
Mini AOC: fighting CPS
I don’t like the Mini AOC account. Kids should not be used as props for political purposes.— X-808 (@x808beats) June 29, 2019
Following the account’s deletion, Martinez’s stepfather Salvatore Schachter released a statement confirming that the social media accounts were in fact deleted with the hope of preserving the family’s safety.
Ava will not being doing any more MINI AOC content.— SickenTirade (@sickentirade) July 3, 2019
The Left's Harassment and death threats have gone too far for our family. We have been getting calls on our personal phone numbers.
For our safety and for our child's safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts.
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Ignacio Martinez is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM.