College Republicans used the Trump playbook against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and it did not work out well for them.
An official arm of the College Republicans was forced to apologize to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after calling her a "domestic terrorist" in a fundraising email. The statement came after Ocasio-Cortez publicly shamed them for their actions.
The group's email asked for donations from other "young conservatives" to help "stop the brainwashing" supposedly engineered by Ocasio-Cortez and other "social justice warriors." The email also noted the money would be used to "promote President Trump's agenda on college campuses."
Ocasio-Cortez forcefully condemned the inflammatory language.
"This puts me in danger every time," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Wednesday night in response to the email. "Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conserv. grps, we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police."
The congresswoman also noted that multiple people have been arrested for trying to harm her, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and others.
"@GOP, what’s it going to take to stop?" she asked.
After the congresswoman called them out, the College Republicans said they don't "condone the unauthorized email sent out in our name," and added, "We apologize to Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez for the use of unacceptable language in this email, and we do not approve of the message conveyed."
But Dave Levinthal of the Center for Public Integrity pointed out that the email was signed by Tom Ferrall, chairman of the Ohio Federation of College Republicans, who has sent out several emails attacking Ocasio-Cortez.
The threats against Ocasio-Cortez has become so voluminous that Capitol Police have trained her staffers to perform risk assessments of visitors to her congressional offices.
A Trump supporter was recently arrested and charged with threatening to kill Omar. He called her offices and said, "Do you work for the Muslim Brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she's a fucking terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her fucking skull."
The hostility is an outgrowth of a concerted campaign from the right against the newly elected Democratic representatives.
The Republican Party's official campaign arm has been sending thousands of emails out to supporters, holding up Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) as villains and objects of hate.
All three are progressive women of color.
The College Republicans, in their smear, were echoing what they've seen from Trump, conservative media, and the other supposed adults in their party.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.