Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most controversial members of Congress.
The self-described Democrat socialist is constantly on the hot seat for shady conduct and outrageous statements.
But you won’t believe how Ocasio-Cortez escaped this career-killing scandal.
Political consultant and blogger Luke Thompson thought he struck gold.
Thompson believed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put her boyfriend on her Congressional staff.
Thompson tweeted his evidence Ocasio-Cortez gifted her boyfriend a house.gov email address.
While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53
— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez responded, “Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time. Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.”
Who was correct in this instance?
Former Republican member of the House Jason Chaffetz criticized Ocasio-Cortez’s move by noting that Ocasio-Cortez was asserting a privilege reserved for spouses for her boyfriend.
“It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Chaffetz told a reporter from Fox News.
“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” Chaffetz continued. “… It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”
For their part, Ocasio-Cortez’s office defended the move by claiming the boyfriend was not paid.
Saikat Chakrabarti – her chief of staff tweeted:
He’s not on staff/not paid. Spouses and partners normally get http://mail.house.gov e-mail addresses for the purpose of getting calendar access.
Amazingly enough, this questionable decision and back and forth as to if Ocasio-Cortez violated House ethics rules was not the most scandalous aspect of the incident.
That came when Twitter stepped in and locked Thompson out of his account.
Thompson did not threaten anyone.
He did not call Ocasio-Cortez or her boyfriend names.
Nor did he post any personal information that could lead to harassment.
All he did was tweet publically available information and question if a public official was abusing tax payer resources.
But because Thompson called out the left’s new “it girl” the liberal tech overlords in Silicon Valley stepped in and silenced Thompson.
They would have gotten away with it but Thompson knew who to contact in conservative media and Twitter was forced to back down.
Your average conservative social media user doesn’t have those connections.
So when social media platforms “unperson” most individuals they have no recourse and fade quietly into the night.
The fake news media constantly pushes back on claims that social media companies – that are run and overwhelmingly staffed by liberals – discriminate against conservatives.
But the evidence is clear to anyone willing to look, that social media looks for any reason to silence conservative viewpoints.
Luke Thompson was just the latest casualty of Silicon Valley’s war on conservatism and the GOP.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.