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Ocasio-Cortez Stands By Toilet Water Claims

Jason Hopkins on July 12, 2019

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reiterated her claim Friday that migrant detainees told her they were instructed to drink water out of toilets.

“When these women tell me that they were put into a cell and that their sink was not working — and we tested the sink ourselves and the sink was not working — and they were told to drink out of a toilet bowl, I believe them,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a House oversight committee hearing on the border crisis.

“I believed these women. I believed the canker sores that I saw in their mouths because they were only allowed to be fed un-nutricious food,” she continued, her voice beginning to crack.

“And what was worst about this Mr. Chairman, was the fact that there were American flags hanging all over these facilities,” she said.

The New York congresswoman’s testimony came days after she first said, upon touring a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detention facility near the southern border, that women in custody were given no fresh water and had to drink out of toilet bowls.

The allegation, retweeted over 50 thousand times, created a firestorm in the media and drew heavy pushback from CBP officials.

The agency put out a statement directly refuting the idea that migrants drink out of toilets, and the CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said he never “heard of that type of allegation being made” in his nearly 30 years of working in the field. National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd published an op-ed calling Ocasio-Cortez’s claim “outrageous” and something that is easily disproven by video.

In a video released by CBP, Chief Patrol Agent Roy Villareal walked through a facility and showed viewers what is provided. Villareal showed the massive amount of food, clothing, toothbrushes, and other amenities readily available for detainees. He was also filmed drinking water out of a faucet that was connected to a toilet — dispelling what he framed as the “biggest misinformation” about the facilities.

However, it may have been the Republicans testifying before the committee on Friday who gave the sharpest rebuke to Ocasio-Cortez.

“This whole issue about drinking out of the toilet is wrong. No one drinks out of a toilet. No one is being asked to drink out of a toilet,” Arizona GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko said.

“So please, American public, there is no one asking people to drink out of toilets,” she continued.

“Meanwhile, my Democrat colleagues prefer to stand in front of chainlink fences next to an empty parking lot, while making up hyperbole for clicks, Twitter followers and cynical politics,” Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy said Friday, a reference to viral photographs taken of Ocasio-Cortez in 2018.

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  • GET REAL WHEN ARE WE GOING TO PUT AOC BACK IN THE BAR WHERE SHE BELONGS!
    RELIGIOUS PERSONS WERE TO THE SAME FACILITIES AND FOUND NOTHING AS SUCH
    THERE WAS A VIDEO OF THE SAME GET OFF IT AOC JUST LIKE YOU LIED ABOUT THE GREEN DEAL WHY WOUDL ANY AMERICAN BELIEVE YOU NOW GO BACK TO THE BAR!

  • GET REAL WHEN ARE WE GOING TO PUT AOC BACK IN THE BAR WHERE SHE BELONGS!
    RELIGIOUS PERSONS WERE TO THE SAME FACILITIES AND FOUND NOTHING AS SUCH
    THERE WAS A VIDEO OF THE SAME GET OFF IT AOC JUST LIKE YOU LIED ABOUT THE GREEN DEAL WHY WOUDL ANY AMERICAN BELIEVE YOU NOW GO BACK TO THE BAR!

  • NO! She had that toilet duo error pointed out to her and still insists the officers were forcing the women to drink from the toilet bowl and that the sink was broken. Of course I believe her/NOT.

  • NO! She had that toilet duo error pointed out to her and still insists the officers were forcing the women to drink from the toilet bowl and that the sink was broken. Of course I believe her/NOT.

  • That's why I say if they were drinking toilet water here, they would have gotten really sick! And has anyone heard of any of those women getting really sick or dying?

  • Here's one big point to refute the "drinking toilet water" thing that I haven't seen commented on. If that was true, we would be seeing those women, a lot of them, sick w/diarrhea, parasitic infections, and needing hospitalization! BC many of those people from 3rd world countries do not have proper plumbing and sanitation and they do have those parasites! Not only those but viruses and bacterial infections as well. Those people would have gotten sick as dogs! Good grief. No one has mentioned that?

  • OH AOC IF YOU ARE REALLY SMART TOILET WATER IS VERY CLEAN UNTIL YOU USE THE TOILET OR DIDN'T YOU KNOW THIS AND MY TAX DOLLAR WILL NOT BE USED TO PUT THEM UP AT THE HILTON GET IT! OR YOU PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOU MOUTH IS AND GIVE YOUR PAY TO HELP THEM TAKE THEM IN FEED,CLOTH,EDUCATE THEM HOW IS THAT!

  • You dumb C-word, that's the type of facility that is found in every county jail in America. Try the jail in Elko county in 1980s. They got a class action lawsuit for cruel and unusual punishment because of the way they treated AMERICANS in lock up. I know, I was there. Now Elko county has a safe and modern jail. Thank the people of Nevada and Elko county.

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