This morning a photographer released photos of Ocasio-Cortez that he said were taken when she was still an unknown House candidate in New York. AOC then retweeted them out to all her adoring fans:
I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents,& caged them.
More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable.
We need to save these kids. https://t.co/HhdMqc5zML
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 25, 2019
But many people don’t believe her, including some of her own fans. They have responded saying the photos look staged, saying she’s trying to make this all about her:
Great, but why post photos only of yourself, your reactions, and no children? I support your efforts but this looks too staged. https://t.co/Rh2CtW6BqP
— Pam Wright (@PamWrig15287883) June 25, 2019
I love AOC but these images feel so staged, it undermines her credibility on these issues. This crisis is not about “ striking” photos of a Congresswoman, it is about DYING CHILDREN.
— Momo (@Momeaux) June 25, 2019
And many others also agreed:
Photographer: Okay give me a face of disgust….perfect! Now do your best fake crying pose so we can get some clout with this! https://t.co/hyBclRStpZ
— Connor (@C_cox20) June 25, 2019
Stop please https://t.co/dTU0WkwlrK
— Dario Garza (@9000_dmg) June 25, 2019
This girl should get the academy award! https://t.co/kVTPCz9DNM
— Towns (@tgtownslight) June 25, 2019