Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described ‘democratic socialist’ from New York, is in hot water again over a social media post.
As protests continue to rock Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in the custody of the morality police after she was apprehended in Tehran and taken to a “re-education center” recently for not wearing her hijab properly, ‘AOC’ saw an opportunity to gaslight the issue of abortion in the U.S.
“Solidarity with the courageous women and allies in Iran protesting for their freedom. Mahsa Amini was senselessly murdered by the same patriarchal and autocratic forces repressing women the world over. The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care,” she tweeted.
It didn’t take long for Ocasio-Cortez to get ratioed online.
Solidarity with the courageous women and allies in Iran protesting for their freedom.
Mahsa Amini was senselessly murdered by the same patriarchal and autocratic forces repressing women the world over.
The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 23, 2022
“[T]he sick delusional motivation to westernize and highjack Amini’s death is disgusting. No, there is no comparison in the west. Stop comparing your ‘struggle’ to theirs. It’s not the same and it’s disgusting,” one user responded.
“Using the Iranian struggle for freedom to bolster her abortion stance. Classy,” said another.
Using the Iranian struggle for freedom to bolster her abortion stance. Classy. https://t.co/5g0RmVQV1w
— texanconstitutionalist (@texanconstitut1) September 23, 2022
You may have a point. Biden’s morality police, a.k.a., the FBI and the DOJ, are certainly becoming far more authoritarian against ‘political wrongthinkers,’ a.k.a., conservatives.
— Dr. Jonny Republic If You Can Keep It 🇺🇸 (@JonDougherty10) September 25, 2022
“There’s no connection btwn Hijabs and abortion. Shut up if you had nothing good to say about the Iranian women instead of soiling their demonstrations with your dirty far left nonsense,” said another respondent.
“So, allowing women to choose not to where [sic] the hijab will lead to widespread elective abortion in Iran? Way to go, moron. You just gave the mullahs more reason to crack down on the protestors,” another critic noted.
CNN reported on the protests:
Since Friday, demonstrations have taken place in at least 40 cities nationwide, including the capital Tehran, with protesters demanding an end to violence and discrimination against women as well as an end to compulsory wearing of the hijab.
At least 1,200 have been arrested in connection to the protests, Iranian state-backed news agency Tasmin reported Saturday, citing a security official.
Dozens of protesters have reportedly been killed in the resulting clashes with security forces.
CNN cannot independently verify the death toll — a precise figure is impossible for anyone outside the Iranian government to confirm — and different estimates have been given by opposition groups, international rights organizations and local journalists. Amnesty International said Friday that at least 30 people, including four children, had died; according to state media the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, 35 people have died.
The demonstrations have also seen journalists targeted by authorities, with at least 17 arrested, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-profit that monitors press freedom.