Republican College Group Is Raising Money by Referring to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a 'Domestic Terrorist' and AOC Just Perfectly Called Them Out

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.

Ferrall's name is associated with past OCRF email blasts, including one that refers to Ocasio-Cortez as a "fool" and another that likens members of the Democratic Party to "leftist thugs." Ferrall claimed, though did not provide evidence, that he has received "constant threats from liberal activists."

Neither OCRF nor Ferrall has responded to questions about Ferrall's current involvement and its fundraising methodology. Ocasio-Cortez's office did not immediately respond to questions about death threats or whether any arose as a result of OCRF's email blast.

Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Questions continue to be raised about the mental and physical health of President Donald Trump.

Slurred or rambling speech has been caught on camera at MAGA rallies and other presidential events.

Keep reading... Show less
Fox News

The House Judiciary Committee voted Friday morning to bring abuse of power and obstruction of Congress articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the House floor for a full vote.

The Democratic House is expected to vote in favor of the articles as well, officially impeaching Trump and putting him on trial in the Republican Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is already sparking concerns about the trial's fairness with comments he made Thursday night on far-Right Fox News host Sean Hannity's show.

Keep reading... Show less
MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images // Win McNamee/Getty Images

South Bend Mayor and 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg got an awkward shoutout from President Donald Trump, who's nicknamed the candidate "Alfred E. Neuman" after the Mad Magazine character.

It happened at the President's recent rally in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Keep reading... Show less
Mark Wilson/Getty Images // DC Comics

"Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos..."

Heath Ledger's Joker says this in 2008's The Dark Knight but it could also apply to the presidency of Donald Trump. From defying subpoenas, introducing sweeping policy changes to his own staff through tweets, fostering a revolving-door administration, abruptly deserting allies, and, of course, the ceaseless bullying.

The President and the Clown Prince of Crime have both been agents of some degree of chaos.

So it may not come as a surprise that the Joker joins the campaign of a Trump-like character in the latest issue of Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child.

Keep reading... Show less
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote in favor of articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday, teeing up a full House vote for next week.

The move comes after weeks of hearings with Republicans shouting in defense of the President and against the efforts to hold him accountable for soliciting foreign assistance in an election.

Keep reading... Show less
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images; Matthew Horwood/Getty Images

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some experience with impeachment. While her husband Bill was President, the Independent Counsel investigation led by Ken Starr probed every aspect of her life before and during her time in the White House as well as her husbands.

While Starr failed to find any criminal wrongdoing by the First Lady, he did after his four year investigation discover her husband's extramarital affair with a White House intern.

Keep reading... Show less