“GOP’s message: No policy, no facts, just displays of violence + corporations like @ABCNetwork & Sinclair who amplify them. They profit from burning my likeness on TV. But who pays for heightened security? Who answers the phones for the threats resulting from a violent, false ad?” she wrote on Twitter.
The ad, which ran in markets including New York and Washington D.C., came from the New Faces GOP PAC, which is led by Elizabeth Heng, who last year sought to unseat Democrat Jim Costa in a California House district.
The ad opens with an image of Ocasio-Cortez as Heng says, in voice-over, “This is the face of socialism. Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know the horrors of socialism?”
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The spot then shows the image of Ocasio-Cortez burning and dissolving to skeletons.
“My father was minutes away from death in Cambodia before a forced marriage saved his life,” Heng says in the spot. She is the daughter of Cambodian immigrants who fled the communist Khmer Rouge.
Ocasio-Cortez first called out the spot on Thursday night, tweeting that “Republicans are running TV ads setting pictures of me on fire to convince people they aren’t racist. Life is weird.”
The ad ran during the debate in some markets, but not nationally. ABC, which owns WABC-TV in New York, has not issued any comment yet, and a spokesman for Sinclair, which owns WJLA-TV in Washington, could not immediately be reached.
Heng defended the ad on Thursday night, and in a new tweet on Friday.
She wrote that Ocasio-Cortez’s response “is the Democratic party in a nutshell. They are more offended by truthful words than the acts of their political ideology that has killed millions of innocent victims. I don’t care about @AOC feelings – I care about stopping her lies about the lies of socialism.”
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