Political commentator and Fox News contributor Graham Allen called out New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for what he considers to be a double standard on her part for failing to defend her 8-year-old impersonator who has received violent threats from the representative’s followers.
During a Tuesday appearance on “Fox & Friends First,” Allen posed the question of why Ocasio-Cortez has spoken up for non-American children being held at the border after attempting to cross into the United States illegally with other illegal adults, but hasn’t spoken up for a child that she could likely do much more to protect; Ava Martinez or “Mini-AOC.”
“AOC talks about how she cares about children and the crisis at the border and how terrible they are treating children, but when we find out her very own supporters are threatening the life of a child who is simply making parody videos of the congresswoman, we hear nothing, and I think that speaks louder than any words could,” Allen said.
Still waiting for @AOC to condemn the threats of Death on a child from her supporters!
So far, *crickets *crickets *crickets
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) July 9, 2019
Eight-year-old Ava Martinez of California has been forced to shut down her social media presence due to death threats she received after several viral impersonation videos in which she poked fun at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The striking look-alike made a splash when her family member uploaded videos of mocking 29-year-old freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
According to The DailyMail “Mini AOC” will stop making the videos, and remove the previous content, due to harassment from the real Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters.
“The Left’s Harassment and death threats have gone too far for our family. We have been getting calls on our personal phone numbers,” Martinez’s stepfather Salvatore Schachter said in a tweet.
“For our safety and for our child’s safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts.”
Mini AOC This is shameful to release this 8 year olds address and phone number, all that for creating a simple, hilarious, innocent video,and Death threats as well. I hope that the FBI investigates these terrorist threats…LOCK THEM UP pic.twitter.com/7btnKL8bEL
— Michael T Rode (@MichaelMtrode) July 4, 2019
Allen also, praised the girl’s parents for taking steps to protect their child, even if it meant less public attention toward their family.
“It’s very sad that we live in a culture right now that a child is attacked in a vicious way,” he said.