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READ: Ohio Republican Fundraising Blast Labels Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘Domestic Terrorist’, Group Apologizes, Saying It Was ‘Unauthorized’

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Democratic Nominee for the 14th Congressional District of New York Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks onstage during WE Day UN at Barclays Center on September 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage/Getty Images)

The Ohio College Republican Federation (OCRF) described Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) as a “domestic terrorist” in a fundraising email, a term “often reserved for the likes of Timothy McVeigh and people who kill children in their school classrooms,” according to Dave Levinthal, a politics editor with The Center for Public Integrity who brought it to the freshman Congresswoman’s attention.

Ocasio-Cortez soon responded and harshly criticized the Republican Party for the email blast.

“Almost every time this uncalled for rhetoric gets blasted by conservative groups, we get a spike in death threats to refer to Capitol Police,” she wrote, in part, also referencing Representative  Ilhan Omar (D-MN), whose past remarks have also made her a lightning rod for similar attacks from the GOP. “What’s it going to take to stop?”

OCRF apologized not long afterward, saying it “does not condone the unauthorized email sent out in our name.”

The organization apologized to Ocasio-Cortez “for the use of unacceptable language in this email, and we do not approve of the message conveyed.”

But as Levinthal pointed out, OCRF has sent out email blasts employing similar language before. Only the subject lines of these emails were changed. He further observed that the group has sent out other anti-Ocasio-Cortez emails before, but that none of these used the “domestic terrorist” angle.

These facts were not lost on OCRF’s other critics.

OCRF’s chairman Tom Ferrall signed those emails, and as Levinthal noted, later locked his public Twitter account.

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