Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of her hyper-liberal “Squad” were among 17 Democrats arrested outside the Supreme Court on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 19, for protesting the recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
AOC and Katherine Clark, D-Mass., were among those arrested for blocking traffic. Clark serves as the assistant speaker, the No. 4 position in Democratic leadership.
“The extremist Republican Party is determined to take us back in time and take away our rights. I refuse to stand on the sidelines as their rampage continues,” Clark said in a statement following her arrest. “I am furious and heartbroken, and I will proudly fight for our right to abortion and all of our Constitutional rights. They can arrest me, but we won’t allow them to arrest freedom.”
Trying to make more of the arrest than it was, AOC was roundly mocked on social media after she put her arms behind her back, pretending to be handcuffed –which she was not – following her arrest at the pro-abortion demonstration.
The self-described socialist lawmaker was not cuffed, but rather was gently escorted away by a Capitol Police officer — along with fellow city Rep. Carolyn Maloney — after blocking traffic outside the court building.
AOC kept up the charade of being restrained for a few steps before raising her fist to supporters watching from the sidewalk. She then crossed her wrists behind her back again in the faux handcuffed position.
The “fake news” clip spread like wildfire, and conservative commentators were quick to chime in.
“AOC pretended to be in handcuffs when she was escorted away from the Supreme Court,” the official account for the conservative paper Washington Free Beacon tweeted.
“Oh my gosh, @AOC faking handcuffs,” wrote Republican commentator Matt Whitlock. “This is too much.”
“The Capitol Police must have put invisible handcuffs on @AOC!” tweeted political analyst Carmyn Kinsey.
“You guys… @AOC is such a victim that she has to pretend that the big, mean policeman put her in handcuffs…She probably also thinks he wants to date her,” said conservative columnist Tim Young.
“Note the handcuff pose, abandoned only to raise her fist in the air. The queen of gestures,” Fox News political analyst Brit Hume said.
According to Capitol Police, 35 people — including 17 members of Congress — were arrested.
The booked lawmakers included Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Jackie Speier of California, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Andy Levin of Michigan, Barabara Lee of California, Cori Bush of Missouri, Katherine Clark of Connecticut, Nydia Velazquez of New York, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, and Sarah Jacobs of California.
Video of Omar also showed the “Squad” member walking several steps with her hands behind her back as if handcuffed. However, she, too raised her right arm in a clenched-fist salute without any difficulty.