Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced a Republican ad showing her photo being set on fire as a “love letter to the GOP’s white supremacist (base).”
The disturbing ad, which ran during the Democratic presidential debate, depicts an image of the firebrand progressive lawmaker engulfed in flames as a GOP narrator calls AOC a dangerous face of totalitarianism.
Elizabeth Heng, a onetime California Republican congressional candidate whose family is from Cambodia, compares Ocasio-Cortez’s democratic socialist views to the genocidal Communist regime that killed millions in her homeland.
“This is the face of socialism and ignorance,” Heng says as the lawmaker’s face is engulfed in flames in the ad.
Heng continues by insisting that she’s not an extremist or racist. “I’m a Republican,” she says.
The ad was apparently intended to make the case that there is a place for non-white men in the GOP. But Ocasio-Cortez trashed the ad for repeating far right wing talking points about her progressive views.
"This wasn’t an ad for young conservatives of color — that was the pretense,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “What you just watched was a love letter to the GOP’s white supremacist (base).”
Republicans are running TV ads setting pictures of me on fire to convince people they aren’t racist.
Life is weird!
Twitter users trashed ABC for airing the ad, which was created by a GOP-allied group called New Faces GOP.
Ocasio-Cortez regularly receives death threats, especially when Republicans or President Trump single her out for vitriolic attacks.