At Kentucky event, young men from 'Team Mitch' posed choking and groping an AOC cut-out
Mitch McConnell and his team were already getting widespread criticism after his campaign account tweeted a photo from Fancy Farm picnic in Kentucky, the photo was of a Mitch McConnell campaign vehicle and a small mock graveyard in front of it, the tombstones had the names of his opponents, including his current opponent, veteran U.S. Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath. The photo was sent in the hours immediately following the politically and racially motivated mass murders in El Paso.
But, that wasn’t the only deplorable behavior on display from Team Mitch. Young men wearing “Team Mitch” shirts showed up to that same Fancy Farm political picnic with a cardboard cut-out of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, which they gleefully posed with for a series of photos while chocking and groping the image of AOC.x
TW: Sexual abuse of women7 young white men who work for #TeamMitch grope & kiss a cardboard cutout of @AOC w/the caption Ã¢Â€Âœbreak me off a piece of that.Ã¢Â€ÂÃ°ÂŸÂ˜Â³TheyÃ¢Â€Â™ve been conditioned to find abuse of women funnyÃ°ÂŸÂ˜Â‘KY ranks 9th in rate of women murdered by menÃ°ÂŸÂ˜Â“Unacceptable pic.twitter.com/1etbTfBcmpÃ¢Â€Â” Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) August 6, 2019
The photos went viral and caught the attention of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who quickly responded with a question for Mitch McConnell.x
Hey @senatemajldr - these young men look like they work for you.Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?Thanks. https://t.co/ysRJuwonUxÃ¢Â€Â” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
The young men also paraded around inside the event, joyfully carrying giant cardboard heads of Brett Kavanaugh, along with one of Neil Gorsuch.xAugust 3, 2019
The social media accounts for these young men are all disappearing overnight. Team Mitch is outraged, not at the behavior of these supporters, but at the media attention to it.
In a statement to INSIDER, McConnell's campaign said the teens were not campaign employees and accused liberals and the news media of looking "for every possible way to demonize, stereotype, and publicly castigate every young person who dares to get involved with Republican politics."
UPDATE: As you can see below, Team Mitch is still responding to the growing outrage of the behavior of these young men, saying they are high school students. Others have reported they attend Lexington Christian Academy. Because, of course. Where were the adults at Fancy Farm to tell them this behavior isn’t acceptable?x
McConnell campaign manager: Ã¢Â€ÂœThese young 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.Ã¢Â€ÂÃ¢Â€Â” Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) August 6, 2019