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

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE (D-N.Y.) is calling out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment 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 GorsuchJanuary reminds us why courts matter — and the dangers of 'Trump judges' Planned Parenthood launches M campaign to back Democrats in 2020 Appeals court appears wary of letting Trump reinstate death sentences MORE and Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment January reminds us why courts matter — and the dangers of 'Trump judges' Planned Parenthood launches M campaign to back Democrats in 2020 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 ClintonSupreme Court agrees to hear 'faithless elector' cases Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE at a party, for which Favreau later apologized.