Ocasio-Cortez slams Tulsi Gabbard for amplifying ballot harvesting video

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Greene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (D-N.Y.) called on Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe perfect Democratic running mate for DeSantis? Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition MORE (D-Hawaii) to issue a "public apology" to Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarGOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips Boebert apologizes to Muslims as Democrats call for 'real action to confront racism' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place MORE (D-Minn.) for promoting a video alleging ballot harvesting after a key source said he was bribed to participate.

“@TulsiGabbard - You, along with everyone else who amplified this fraudulent story, owe Rep. Omar a public apology,” the New York congresswoman tweeted Tuesday.


“Thank you Alex, lack of integrity from these folks is astonishing,” Omar responded.


In the original video, released by right-wing media operation Project Veritas, the brother of newly elected City Councilman Jamal Hassan appeared to claim he participated in fraudulent “harvesting” on Omar’s behalf. The practice, which involves a third party gathering others' ballots for delivery to election officials, was illegal for more than three ballots in Minnesota until September of this year.

Gabbard cited the video on Twitter, saying it was "further evidence of the need to ban ballot harvesting."

However, the source, Liban Osman, has since said the group edited the video to remove crucial context and that he was offered $10,000 to say he was harvesting ballots.

The group denied bribing Osman, with chief legal officer Jered Ede calling the claims “wild, and crazy, and baseless accusations.”

The group has frequently been accused of misleadingly editing videos, including its 2009 footage of the community organizing group ACORN.

In 2017, amid allegations of sexual misconduct against then-Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreRoy Moore loses lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen Shelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Of inmates and asylums: Today's House Republicans make the John Birchers look quaint MORE, an operative with the group approached The Washington Post claiming Moore had raped her. When questioned by a reporter about inconsistencies in her story, the woman said she no longer wanted to participate in the story.