‘#BoycottABC’ Trends After Debate Night Over Ad Against Socialism And Ocasio-Cortez

Shelby Talcott on September 13, 2019

  • ABC News aired an advertisement showing a photo New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face being burned while a Republican talked about socialism.
  • “#BoycottABC” trended on Twitter Friday following the debate because of the advertisement.
  • Members of “the squad” weighed in and added to the backlash.

Calls to boycott ABC News have arisen following Thursday evening’s 2020 Democratic debate over a commercial featuring a picture of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face burning while speaking out against socialism.

The advertisement starred Elizabeth Heng, a Republican from California’s Central Valley who lost against Democratic California Rep. Jim Costa in 2018. Paid for by “New Faces GOP,” the advertisement featured Ocasio-Cortez’s face on paper being burned as Heng talked about her family’s tragedies because of socialism.

“New Faces GOP” is intended to “help elevate the next generation of Republicans,” according to its website. Many took to social media to complain about the advertisement, prompting “#BoycottABC” to trend on Twitter.

If you’re a surgeon, you’re captain of the ship and you take responsibility for everything that happens in your operating theater,” Eugene Gu, a doctor and President and CEO of Ganogen, tweeted. “Likewise, ABC is responsible for all advertisements run by its affiliate networks. That ad burning AOC’s face was horrifying. No excuses.#BoycottABC.”

“This is the face of socialism and ignorance,” Heng began as Ocasio-Cortez’s photo burned.

Co-founder of The Dem Coalition Scott Dworkin also tweeted out against the network, writing “ABC can go to hell. Running propaganda with a picture of @AOC being set on fire, with dead bodies & skulls in the background, was absolutely despicable. People need to be fired over this. It’s ridiculous & evil. ABC profited off of it, during the #DemDebate. Shame on ABC. Shame.” He went on:

Ocasio-Cortez weighed in as well, with two members of “the squad” backing her up. She tweeted out that the GOP is profiting “from burning my likeness on TV.” She also wrote that “Republicans are running TV ads setting pictures of me on fire to convince people they aren’t racist. Life is weird!”

“Know that this wasn’t an ad for young conservatives of color – that was the pretense. What you just watched was a love letter to the GOP’s white supremacist case,” Ocasio-Cortez suggested.

Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib wrote that “The mere act of burning her image is a display of violence.” This was a reply to journalist Yashar Ali’s tweet, who wondered “How the hell” the advertisement cleared “ABC network standards and practices.”

A third member of the squad tweeted as well. Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar added “This is horrifying to watch. When will the Republicans learn how to offer ideas and solutions without stroking fear and inciting violence? Enough is enough. They need to pull this garbage off the air and issue an apology to @AOC.”

It’s getting old to say ‘this is a new low’ but here we are. A televised death threat against a member of Congress paid for by a Republican SuperPac. Congresswoman @AOC is undeterred but this is dangerous and reckless,” Democratic Massachusett’s Rep. and “the squad’s” fourth member Ayanna Pressley, tweeted.

Democratic California Rep. Karen Bass also hit back against the advertisement, adding that it was a “televised death threat.”

Other’s supported the network airing the commercial. Ashley Rae Goldenberg, an investigative reporter at the Capital Research Center, hit back at the double standards of those complaining over the advertisement.

“It is very strange to see people who think that non-violent criminals shouldn’t be in prison then say that the mere act of burning an effigy is violent. #BoycottABC,” she tweeted Friday.

Political commentator Ben Shapiro also supported the commercial and brought up more double standards from Democrats.

“Last night, Democrats called Trump a racist murderer,” he wrote. “Not a single news anchor objected. But a Cambodian woman runs an ad linking AOC’s view of socialism with the history of socialism — yes, using inflammatory imagery — and the takeaway is that ABC must be boycotted?”

DCwire features investigative reporting syndicated with permission from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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