Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responds to ‘hateful’ video at Fresno Grizzlies baseball game

“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded Tuesday to a Memorial Day tribute video shown by the Fresno Grizzlies that equated her with Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro – a video that team representatives say was shown by mistake,” as the Fresno Bee is reporting.

Ocasio-Cortez, the high-profile and self-described progressive, responded on Twitter to the video and similar attacks, saying such messages pose a threat to her safety.

“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,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

“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.”

The 3 1/2 minute video was shown by the Grizzlies on the video scoreboard between games of Monday’s Memorial Day baseball doubleheader at Chukchansi Park. [Go to 3:06 in the video to see the images of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Kim Jong-un and Fidel Castro.]

“Called a ‘Memorial Day Tribute – We Are Americans,’ the video is mostly filled with patriotic-themed images playing behind excerpts from the first inaugural speech by President Ronald Reagan.

“But at about three minutes, the video shows a photo montage starting with an Antifa member, followed by the North Korean leader Kim and then Ocasio-Cortez, whose image is followed by a photo of Castro, the late Cuban leader. The images appear during the part of Reagan’s speech when he says, “As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries …”

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5 thoughts on “Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responds to ‘hateful’ video at Fresno Grizzlies baseball game”

  1. I doubt if it was shown by mistake. I lived in Fresno prior to moving here and it is one of the last bastions of conservatism in California. Most of my friends that still live there are staunch trump supporters (we don’t talk politics anymore). The Grizzlies were playing to the crowd and issued this lame excuse just to cover their butts.

  2. What a cheap shot. The boneheads that pulled this stunt would be sobbing for days on end if it had been against tRump and his minions

  3. Sponsors leaving the Grizzlies over death threat inducing video shown at their baseball game. They should start firing people starting at the top-
    But, this is a good start. I have written to all their sponsors. These fools don’t get the fact that right wing dings start making death threats over crap like this– or maybe they do.

    “We are deeply disappointed by the Memorial Day tribute video the Fresno Grizzlies aired on Monday,” the release reads. “Sun-Maid does not support the views or sentiments expressed in the video, nor does it condone the airing of it.”

    “While the Grizzlies have apologized for this mistake, we are standing on the side of what we believe is right and terminating our sponsorship of the team.”

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