Tuesday Open Thread | Police officer suggests Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

A police officer in Louisiana suggested in a social media post that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot, calling the progressive Democratic congresswoman from New York a “vile idiot.”

“This vile idiot needs a round,” officer Charlie Rispoli wrote in a Facebook post referring to Ocasio-Cortez last week, according to a screenshot first reported by New Orleans news site NOLA.com on Saturday. “And I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,” he continued. Before becoming a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez worked in a New York City bar as a bartender.

Rispoli, according to NOLA, has been on the Gretna police force since 2005. The department’s police Chief Arthur Lawson told the local news site that the post was “disturbing” and appeared to violate the department’s social media policy. Although he said he did not believe it was an actual threat against the congresswoman, he promised the situation would be dealt with.

“Whether you agree or disagree with the message of these elected officials and how frustrated you may or may not get, this certainly is not the type of thing that a public servant should be posting,” Lawson said.

Rispoli’s comments actually came as he shared a link to a false story, attributing a quote to Ocasio-Cortez that the congresswoman had never said. The article was written by the satirical website Taters Gonna Tate and was titled: “Ocasio-Cortez On the Budget : ‘We Pay Soldiers Too Much.'” Even the featured image of the article has a watermark clearly stating the content is satire. Snopes.com has also debunked the story, as “false.”

It appears from Rispoli’s post that he was unaware that the story was satire not based on any actual facts. But the officer has since removed the post and also taken down his Facebook page entirely. Previously his posts were semi-private and were only viewable by friends and sometimes friends of friends, according to NOLA.

Ocasio-Cortez and other freshmen progressive Congresswomen, such as Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have faced significant criticism and even death threats since taking office earlier this year. Last week, President Donald Trump repeatedly made racist remarks about the four congresswomen, first writing on Twitter that they should “go back” to the countries “from which they came.” He added: “you can’t leave soon enough.”

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55 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Police officer suggests Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot

    • eliihass says:

      That the media is still chasing after this weasel and still casting him as some credible/important voice.. and not laughing him off the stage, is precisely how we’ve gotten to a point were outright lies and gaslighting are the order of the day… and the masses are so misinformed..

      Stop chasing this idiot around.. he’s shown his hand already, nothing more to see or hear from him..

    • majiir says:

      I love the part of the trailer in which she said she’d come that far and didn’t need anyone to tell her what she could do because that’s exactly the way I am today, and like Harriet, my attitude is based on my faith in God and in my God-given abilities.

  1. Liza says:

    Israel is just defending itself, right? Just ask any Democratic leader. But MSM doesn’t cover this so no one is asking. Clearly self-defense right here, right?

    • eliihass says:

      It’s right there staring us all in the face… the white nationalist sign..

      But he and his enablers and puppeteers will deny it.. and next thing, he’ll be tweeting and invoking Kanye West and A$ap Rocky …and the ‘many phone calls from all his many, manyAfrican American friends’..

      And idiots will lap it all up..

    • eliihass says:

      Cruelty is the point, indeed..

      But, as long as the loving, kindhearted treasonous buffoon and his ‘caught off guard’ birther moll are ‘working hard’ on breaking out A$ap Ricky from his comfy Swedish cell, the rubes don’t care..

      And right-wing, pro-treasonous buffoon ‘entertainment’ propaganda shows like Inside Edition will continue to feed the unwitting low-info masses repackaged gaslighting crap..


    • eliihass says:

      This is exactly how they get to support their lies about how the economy is ‘booming’ …so much so that there are now ‘fewer people on food stamps’.. than ‘under Obama’..

      By cruelly cutting off that much needed subsidized support from those who desperately need it..

    • majiir says:

      Probably like so many other American citizens, this guy thought he could break Swedish law and walk away from the repercussions because he’s a so-called celebrity. Sweden has over 200,000 persons of African heritage living there, and Swedish families have been adopting children from Africa since 1969. No matter what claims he and his supporters are making, including Trump, Sweden has the right to detain him if its officials think he broke one or more of their law[s.] Shyte that works in America doesn’t work so well in other nations.

    • eliihass says:

      Pfffft.. careful now.. Krystal Ball et al have a not so hidden agenda..

      Krystal Ball (formerly of MSNBC ..and fickle ‘progressive’ who in the thick of the senseless shootings, got all red in the face defending her father’s right to his gun), is actually now a full-blown (opportunistically, for a gig, relevance, financial reasons) Bernie acolyte … and viciously anti-Biden, in the worst and most obsessive way..
      Notice the satisfied smirk on her face as she and her co-host on their fringe The Hill show, sit back and let Rudy f*cking Gulliani, insult Biden.. that is precisely why they brought him on.. to do their dirty job for them beyond their echo chamber..

      These are those messy folks who’d rather the treasonous buffoon ..

      Krystal Ball has always been dubious.. she is that messy 🐍🐍 from high school.. the 2-faced slow poison in college, and at work, that’ll smile in your face – and when no one’s looking, lace your food with arsenic.. small doses over time ..

      Krystal is so anti Biden, she even tried unsuccessfully to rope my historic FLOTUS into her messy propaganda..

      She edits, deliberately misinterprets, twists and takes out of context, my historic FLOTUS’ very clear 30 second response to Gayle King’s questions at essencefest, re: the 2020 candidates..

      My historic FLOTUS clearly said that she and hubby were (rightly), staying out of the primaries ..that they’ll let the primary process play out .. and will get behind the eventual Democratic nominee .. she also said that they were watching ..and offering advice to any of the candidates who sought it..

      Asked what qualities make a good president, my historic FLOTUS very clearly said a president ought to be among other things, “loyal and honest and decent”..

      And when Gayle asked if she’d like to chime in on the ‘busing’ shenanigans, she said she did not..

      As if folks wouldn’t be losing their collective effing minds and accusing them of ‘ruining’ the process and putting their thumbs on the scale and circumventing the process by ‘selecting’ the nominee, if in fact the very influential Obamas did publicly and preemptively declare for a particular candidate before the primaries have played out..

      But here’s Krystal Ball’s dubiously edited version designed to use my historic FLOTUS deliberately misconstrued words, to push a dubious narrative and to try to smear and dismiss Biden..

      “..It was Saturday evening at The Essence Festival and CBS News anchor Gayle King was gently prodding former first lady Michelle Obama about the 2020 presidential race and how she felt about current frontrunner Joe Biden. “Has anybody caught your eye?”

      The first lady just reiterated: “Barack and I are going to support whoever wins the primary.”

      Well, what about the “dust-up” between Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Vice President Biden – have any thoughts? “No, I do not.”

      King followed up with a general question: “What are the qualities that you think make a good president?” Among those the first lady mentioned: “Someone who is careful with their words.”

      Those are not exactly words you would use to describe Biden. If the Obamas’ silence on Biden was loud from the beginning, it now approaches a deafening roar.

      It is stunning that as Biden struggles to recover from his self-inflicted wounds regarding race, the first African American president, whom Biden loyally served for eight years, has not offered a word of comfort.

      While the Obamas publicly give Biden the cold shoulder, he has centered his campaign around them. Apparently Obama is so desperate for an alternative political heir that he met with O’Rourke (who was dubbed “Obama, but white” back when people thought he would top the Democratic field of contenders).

      It’s worth remembering, after all, that this is the second time Obama has failed to back Biden for the presidency. The Obamas are consummate political players who rarely, if ever, take risks when it comes to endorsements. But there is literally no one in the world better positioned to know whether Biden would make a great president than Barack Obama. Perhaps, then, we should listen carefully to what the Obamas aren’t telling us…”


      Can’t stress enough that most of these dubious opportunists trying to use the Obamas to whack Biden, would be actively attacking, disrespecting and demeaning and trying to take out President Obama today, if he were still eligible to run..

      And as my historic FLOTUS stressed, loyalty … and thus far, only one candidate has been consistently loyal..

  2. rikyrah says:

    Couple claims they were racially profiled during marriage proposal at N.Y. orchard


  3. Ametia says:
  4. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : July 23, 2019

    Desideratum: noun dih-sid-uh-RAH-tum

    Definition: something desired as essential

  5. rikyrah says:

    Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@ReichlinMelnick) Tweeted:
    This is a MASSIVE and DANGEROUS change.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄 😄😄

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