New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has found herself at the center of yet another online spat after Rep. Steve King took to Twitter to mock her this week.
Fox News reported that it all started on Wednesday, when King took to Twitter to say that he visited the same cell that Ocasio-Cortez had claimed migrants were drinking from the toilet.
“I took a drink out of there,” he tweeted, referring to the sink located above the toilet. “And actually pretty good!”
“No way was AOC objectively honest in her #FakeNews spin about the border,” King wrote of Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion about subpar conditions. “Click bait for Snowflakes!”
Objective reporting for the educated American.
King went on to suggest that the initial claim was the result of a “language barrier” that resulted in “misinformation” about facilities.
Hello Maura: Thank you for covering my town hall, attended by 103 people, in Eagle Grove today. I hope you will include this video in NBC’s coverage. No way was @AOC objectively honest in her #FakeNews spin about the border. Click bait for Snowflakes! https://t.co/2mWRoxv1uW pic.twitter.com/B0kD3N5Vmj
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) September 4, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at him hours later.
“There is a genre of videos where GOP House members – who clearly didn’t read sworn testimony that detention sinks were broken- filming themselves drinking out of toilet sinks,” she tweeted. “They’re so anti-immigrant they risk pink eye to show off that they didn’t do the reading #CloseTheCamps.”
There is a genre of videos where GOP House members – who clearly didn’t read sworn testimony that detention sinks were broken- filming themselves drinking out of toilet sinks.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 5, 2019
After touring this facility back in July, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that migrants at the detention centers were being forced to drink “out of toilets” there. Border Patrol Chief Brian Hastings immediately said that this was false and that migrants were given fresh drinking water.
“We don’t treat people that way,” Hastings said. “We provide fresh water, we provide food, we provide sanitary items as well as items for bathing and personal hygiene… We have fresh water available at all times in our facilities.”
Ocasio-Cortez has long been a vocal critic of migrant detention facilities at the border, going so far as to compare them to concentration camps. Republicans have responded by accusing her of drastically dramatizing the situation at the border.