Over Memorial Day, the Fresno Grizzlies released a video of a speech being given by Ronald Reagan about the importance of freedom and those who have sacrificed for it. Sister Tolja wrote excellent coverage of it, and you can learn more about the controversy here.
Near the end of the video, Reagan mentions the enemies of freedom and pictures flashed of domestic terrorist group Antifa, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Grizzlies apologized after outrage erupted, but apologizing to the social justice left of which Ocasio-Cortez is a part, is a useless gesture.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the video as well and claimed that videos like this inspire death threats to come at her constantly and that the first thing she does every morning is to review pictures of the “men” who want to kill her.
“What people don’t (maybe do) realize is when orgs air these hateful messages, my life changes bc of the flood of death threats they inspire,” tweeted AOC. “I‘ve had mornings where I wake up & the 1st thing I do w/ my coffee is review photos of the men (it’s always men) who want to kill me.”
What people don’t (maybe do) realize is when orgs air these hateful messages, my life changes bc of the flood of death threats they inspire.
I‘ve had mornings where I wake up & the 1st thing I do w/ my coffee is review photos of the men (it’s always men) who want to kill me. https://t.co/hiYbPghad7
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 28, 2019
AOC added that these threats increase when “Fox gets particularly aggressive + hateful,” and that her interns are seeing hateful messages all the time.
The socialist democrat from New York ended by stating that words matter and have consequences for safety. Words that lead exactly where you’re thinking they’re going.
“For those who believe in “free speech”: whose free speech do you believe in?” tweeted AOC. “[Because] some folks using free speech to defend racism are also supporting folks passing laws to allow running over protesters.”
All of this is to say that words matter, and can have consequences for safety.
For those who believe in “free speech”: whose free speech do you believe in?
Bc some folks using free speech to defend racism are also supporting folks passing laws to allow running over protesters.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 28, 2019
I’m going to skip over the sexism AOC injected into her thread here, as the fact that she’s sexist has been covered ad nauseum by multiple outlets, including this one, and by me on multiple occasions. In fact, all you really need to do is lightly scroll through her Twitter feed and you’ll see her blaming men for something.
The elephant in the room here is the fact that our democratic socialist sweetheart just advocated for the restriction of free speech by questioning free speech advocates on how far it should go…right after being mad about being compared to dictators.
To be clear, death threats against sitting officials are already a felony, and I have yet to meet anyone who supports the advocation of a death of a person or people. I’m not saying they don’t exist, but I am saying that this is a fraction of a fraction of people that the vast majority would disagree with, and that those threatening her are breaking the law.
Free speech has its limits, even in America, and our boundaries are pretty clear. People making death threats crossed them. You’d figure a person elected to make laws would know this.
That said, she brought up more than threats in her tweet. She brought up the idea of “defending racism,” which on the social justice left can mean anything from actual racism to people simply disagreeing with a person of color on a policy. The social justice left has a habit of blowing oppositional speech out of proportion, and I have zero doubt she’s doing so again here.
We know she has a habit of altering intent as she did call Ben Shapiro’s offer to debate a “catcall.”
Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.
And also like catcalling, for some reason they feel entitled to one. pic.twitter.com/rsD17Oq9qe
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 10, 2018
Here’s the kicker…
What Ocasio-Cortez just did is call for the stripping — or at least the restriction — of a Constitutional freedom due to the fact that she received death threats. I don’t doubt she did receive them. I see President Donald Trump get them quite openly too often. However, her target wasn’t at the death threats themselves.
Her target was the video that listed her an enemy of freedom and defenders of “racism” because they allegedly generate death threats. Her advocacy for the reduction of freedoms from the citizenry…sort of…kind of…but actually definitely makes her an enemy of freedom.
So I guess the Grizzlies were right.