Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez slammed back at the Senate majority leader after seeing the post, asking if McConnell is "paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?"
McConnell campaign spokesman Kevin Golden told HuffPost in an email that Team Mitch "in no way condones any aggressive, suggestive, or demeaning act toward life-sized cardboard cutouts of any gender." He said the men are "not campaign staff; they're high schoolers, and it's incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs rather than report real, and significant news in our country."
Some of the same men also appeared in a photo on the official "Team Mitch" Instagram account for the Fancy Farm picnic, holding aloft cutout faces of Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.
The photo was the second controversial image to come out of Team Mitch's participation at the Fancy Farm picnic. Another photo showed cardboard gravestones, including one with the name of the Kentucky senator's Democratic challenger in 2020, Amy McGrath. The campaign tweeted the image under the headline: "The Grim Reaper of Socialism."
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