After the obvious publicity stunt from members of the “squad,” who, while protesting abortion rights outside the United States Supreme Court, Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) pretended to be handcuffed by DC police – bought and paid for by a progressive dark-money group.
The funding comes from none other than billionaire antagonist George Soros, and as the Washington Examiner journalist Andrew Kerr reported, “Getting arrested was the whole point of the stunt, Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. She said organizers of the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) Action Fund asked her and her colleagues to “submit themselves for arrest in front of the Supreme Court.””
Apparently, AOC thinks the protest was more than a “publicity stunt” and just before arriving at the Supreme Court, Omar spokesman Jeremy Slevin had tweeted, “Members of Congress, including [Omar] will be participating in a civil disobedience at the Supreme Court, potentially including arrests, shortly.”
In 2018, CPD Action’s co-executive director, Andrew Friedman told Washington Post that they, along with a sister organization called Center for Popular Democracy – receive money from George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, topping $1 million in funding.
On Tuesday, CPD Action had posted to Facebook that eighteen of those arrested were leaders in the organization.
“Moments ago, leaders from CPD Action network organizations, members of Congress & more participated in a powerful civil disobedience demonstration & got arrested to protect our RIGHT to SAFE & LEGAL abortions,” reads the post. “This is a clear message to SCOTUS and lawmakers that #WeWontBackDown until ALL pregnancy-abled people are treated as full human beings with the autonomy to make decisions about OUR OWN bodies.”
The Examiner reported:
CPD Action linked to a fundraising page in its Facebook post that urged activists to “continue acts of civil disobedience,” such as the one it coordinated with the 17 arrested members of Congress on Tuesday, to secure access to abortion across the country.
Ocasio-Cortez was widely mocked by conservative commentators for creating the impression that she was handcuffed by police during her arrest. The New York lawmaker was filmed crossing her hands behind her back while she was being escorted off the scene by police. She then pumped her fist toward a crowd of supporters while still detained by police.
Ocasio-Cortez insisted she wasn’t pretending to be in handcuffs during her arrest.
“No faking here,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a tweet on Wednesday. “Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest. But given how you lied about a fellow rape survivor for ‘points,’ as you put it to me, I don’t expect much else from you.”
A Capitol Police spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that nobody arrested outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday was handcuffed.