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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized some news outlets for reporting on where she is living in Washington, D.C. in light of an arrest of a Coast Guard officer who included her on a hit list of politicians and media members.
Christopher Paul Hasson, a 49-year-old Coast Guard lieutenant, was arrested last week and charged with stockpiling weapons and having what appeared to be a hit list of prominent liberal politicians and several journalists.
The names on the list reportedly included several politicians including Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and reporters from CNN and MSNBC.
According to court documents published by NPR, authorities allege that Hasson was a “domestic terrorist” who was collecting guns since 2017 and wrote about “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.”
The court documents allege that Hasson made online searches for [sic] “where do most senators live in dc,” “do senators have ss protection,” “best place in dc to see congress people,” and “where in dc to congress live.”
In light of the arrest, Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday criticized a number of reports that detailed where in Washington D.C. she is living, adding “this isn’t a game.”
“Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter. All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn’t a game,” she wrote on Twitter.
Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 21, 2019
All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger.
This isn’t a game. https://t.co/gcJWcKinxI
Yesterday, the Daily Mail published an article about how Ocasio-Cortez moved to a “luxury” apartment that they described as having an infinity pool.
Authorities allege that Hasson was inspired by Anders Breivik, a Norwegian terrorist who killed more than 70 people in 2011.
When his home was searched, authorities found 15 guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, according to the court documents.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).