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AOC denies ‘faking’ handcuffs after being detained in Supreme Court protest

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denied “faking” being handcuffed by police after she was accused of performing political theater during an abortion rights protest Tuesday.



On Wednesday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) denied “faking” being handcuffed during an abortion rights protest near the Supreme Court, where she and fellow Squad member Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were arrested.

At the protest on Tuesday, 17 House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez and Omar, were arrested for obstructing traffic. Ocasio-Cortez was seen being led away by a police officer in the standard handcuffed pose as seen on video. She then showed the onlookers that she wasn’t being held back by raising a fist in defiance.

While leaving the protest with her hands behind her back, Omar was seen on video briefly raising her fist to the crowd.

Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) was just one of many Republicans to mock the Democrats for the stunt on Twitter: “Contemporary politics is a form of theatrical spectacle. Naturally, @aoc acts like he is restrained by handcuffs. It’s all about results, not agendas, at this level.”


Ocasio-Cortez responded in kind, tweeting that she had her hands behind her back because she didn’t want to start a fight.

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She concluded, “No pretenses here,” in her letter. “Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest. Though I wouldn’t put it past you to lie about another rape survivor in order to score “points,” as you put it to me, I don’t hold out much hope for honesty from you “The feud between Ocasio-Cortez and Mace began in February 2021, after Mace made comments suggesting Ocasio-Cortez was being overly paranoid about getting hurt during the January 6 Capitol riot. In response, Ocasio-Cortez, a survivor of sexual assault, accused Mace, a survivor of rape, of trying to silence victims by questioning their experiences. A spokesperson for Mace at the time explained that the comment “was a critique of media twisting AOC’s account, not of AOC.”

Ocasio-Cortez, however, is obviously not over it yet. She tweeted about it again last month, saying she will “never forget” what Mace allegedly told her privately after the fact, but she did not provide any further details than what was provided in her Wednesday tweet.


“I remember having a confrontation with Mace after what she did,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. I’m not going to go into detail right now, but know that it was a turning point in my life.