Ocasio-Cortez calls out McConnell for photo of young men groping a cutout of her

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Kavanaugh to be impeached Why are we turning a blind eye to right-wing incitement of violence? Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Senator asked FBI to follow up on new information about Kavanaugh last year Congress must reinstate assault weapons ban MORE’s (R-Ky.) reelection campaign after a photo emerged of a group of young men groping a cutout of the freshman lawmaker.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez asked if McConnell's campaign was "paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress" or if it was "standard culture of #TeamMitch."

McConnell's campaign told The Washington Post that the young men were not affiliated with it.

“These young men are not campaign staff, they’re high schoolers and it’s incredible that the national media has sought to once again paint a target on their backs rather than report real, and significant news in our country,” campaign manager Kevin Golden told the Post.


The photo shows seven young men, all of whom are wearing “Team Mitch” T-shirts, surrounding the cutout of Ocasio-Cortez. One is kissing the cutout, while another has his hand near the neck of the cutout.

McConnell’s campaign told the Post it “in no way condones” the picture. The teenagers in the photo are also seen in an image shared on the McConnell campaign’s Instagram account holding posters of Supreme Court Justices Neil GorsuchNeil GorsuchJustice Gorsuch is wrong — 'originalist' judges make stuff up too Supreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Gorsuch: 'We're not nine robots, we're nine judges' MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report Kavanaugh remains guilty until proven innocent, according to Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh MORE.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the image the same day the McConnell campaign had been criticized for tweeting a display depicting a tombstone bearing the name of Amy McGrath, one of several Democrats vying to face him in the 2020 election.

Golden drew a parallel between the image and another that circulated in late 2008 of former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau groping a cardboard cutout of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE at a party, for which Favreau later apologized.