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Man threatened with murder of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, officials say

A Trump supporter who stormed the Capitol on January 6 threatened on social media to assassinate Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that day and also threatened the Capitol Police officer who killed a woman as she tried to enter the building, federal prosecutors said.

The man, Garret Miller, 34, of Richardson, Texas, was arrested Wednesday and charged with, among other things, threats, knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on the streets. Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint.

Surveillance video from inside the Capitol, a selfie and video posted by Mr Miller and comments he made on social media showed he was part of a mob that had pushed police to entering the Capitol, disrupting Congress as it certified President Donald J. Trump’s loss to Joseph R. Biden Jr., the complaint says.

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In one instance, Mr Miller posted a photo of himself inside the Capitol, the complaint says, prompting someone on Facebook to comment, “Brother, are you in ?! Nice! “Mr. Miller replied,” I just wanted to self-incriminate a little lol. “

Mr. Miller also threatened Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, after she wrote “Impeach” on Twitter on Jan.6, the complaint says. Mr Miller responded with his own tweet which read, “Assassinate AOC,” the FBI said.

In another tweet to Ms Ocasio-Cortez, Mr Miller said that “we have acted with honor”, “we were not armed” and we were “nice to the police,” the FBI said.

The criminal complaint included screenshots of Mr Miller’s tweets.

Prosecutors said Mr Miller also threatened the Capitol Police officer who shot dead Ashli ​​Babbitt, a Trump supporter, as she poked her head through the frame of a shattered window leading to the lobby Of the president.

Mr Miller referred to Ms Babbitt as his ‘sister in combat’ and, referring to the officer who shot her, said he would ‘tighten her neck with a nice rope’, according to messages he received. written on social networks, indicates the complaint.

Writing on Facebook on Jan. 16, Miller said the officer “was not going to survive long,” and claimed that “millions” of people agreed with him that the officer deserved ” to die ”, according to the complaint.

A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Mr. Miller said, “We have no comment at this time.”

Mr Miller’s attorney, F. Clinton Broden, said that “his client’s comments on social media reflect very thoughtless political hyperbole in very divided times and will certainly not happen again in the future.”

“He accepts responsibility for his actions,” he said.

He said Miller had yet to be invited to plead and his detention hearing was set for Monday.

“Mr. Miller regrets his actions in a misguided effort to show his support for former President Trump,” Mr. Broden said. “He enjoys the full support of his family and has always been a respectful citizen laws.

A spokeswoman for Ms Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to a message on Saturday night. Ms Ocasio-Cortez has previously said that she often receives death threats.

She called the Capitol siege an “extremely traumatic event” and said many members of Congress had “almost and narrowly escaped death” that day.

Seamus Hughes contribution to reports.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Hunts Point Workers’ Strike

Workers at the Hunts Point produce market in the Bronx are on strike, saying they deserve higher wages after six people died and hundreds fell ill from the coronavirus. Several Democrats have also floundered in the conflict, supporting the workers.

There is no one working in New York that I could think of who would think what you are doing is wrong. Everyone is behind you. Everyone is behind you. [cheering] Remember – let’s celebrate this community, let’s celebrate this solidarity. We’re going to release the hot chocolate for you guys. Let’s enjoy each other’s company and make sure we hold the line good and strong until we get that dollar. Thank you very much to all.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Biden’s win, house losses and the left-wing streak

For months, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a good soldier for the Democratic Party and Joseph R. Biden Jr as he sought to defeat President Trump.

But on Saturday, in an interview nearly an hour shortly after President-elect Biden was declared the winner, Ms Ocasio-Cortez clarified that the divisions within the party that drove the primary still existed. And she rejected recent criticism from some members of the Democratic House who accused the party’s left of costing them important seats. Some of the limbs that lost, she said, had made themselves “sitting ducks”.

These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

We finally have a better understanding of the results. What’s your take-out macro?

Well, I think the main thing is that we are no longer in free fall in hell. But the question that remains is whether or not we are going to get up. We interrupted this hasty descent. And the question is whether and how we are going to rebuild ourselves.

We know race is an issue, and avoiding it will not solve any electoral problem. We must actively disarm the powerful influence of racism at the ballot box.

But we’ve also learned that progressive policies don’t hurt candidates. Every candidate who co-sponsored Medicare for All in a swing neighborhood retained their seat. We also know that the co-sponsorship of the Green New Deal has not been a problem. Mike Levin was one of the original co-sponsors of Bill and he retained his seat.

Coming back to your first point, Democrats lost seats in an election where they were supposed to win them. Is that what you attribute to racism and white supremacy at the ballot box?

I think it will be very important how the party deals with this issue internally, and whether the party is going to be honest about doing a real postmortem and figuring out why it lost. Because before we even had data on many of these races, there was already a finger on the fact that it was the fault of the progressives and that it was the fault of the Black Lives Movement.

I have already started to look at how these campaigns actually work. And the point is, I’ve been destroying Democrats for two years. I defeated the campaigns led by DCCC for two years. That’s how I got to Congress. This is how we elected Ayanna Pressley. This is how Jamaal Bowman won. This is how Cori Bush won. And so we know the extreme vulnerabilities in the way Democrats run their campaigns.

Part of it is criminal. It is professional misconduct. Conor Lamb spent $ 2,000 on Facebook the week before the election. I don’t think anyone who isn’t actually on the internet in the year of our Lord 2020 and loses an election can blame someone else when you aren’t even really on the internet.

And I’ve been through a lot of those campaigns that lost, and the point is, if you don’t spend $ 200,000 on Facebook on fundraising, persuading, recruiting volunteers, voting the week before the election, you don’t shoot all the cylinders. And not a single one of those campaigns fired on all cylinders.

Well, Conor Lamb won. So what do you say: investing in digital advertising and canvassing is a bigger reason moderate Democrats have lost than any progressive politics?

These people point to the Republican message that they feel killed, right? But why were you so vulnerable to this attack?

If you don’t knock on the door, if you are not on the Internet, if your main points of trust are television and mail, then you are not running a campaign on all cylinders. I just don’t see how anyone could make ideological claims when they haven’t run a full-fledged campaign.

Our party is not even online, not in a real way that shows its competence. And so, yes, they were vulnerable to those messages, because they weren’t even on the mediums where those messages were most powerful. Of course, you can point the message, but they were also sitting ducks. They were sitting ducks.

There’s a reason Barack Obama built a whole national campaign apparatus outside of the Democratic National Committee. And there is a reason why when he did not activate or continue this, we lost majorities in the House. Because the party – per se – lacks the basic skills, and no amount of money is going to fix that.

If I lost my election, I went out and said, “It’s the moderates’ fault. It’s because you didn’t let us vote on the ground on Medicare for All. And they opened the hood on my campaign, and they found that I had only spent $ 5,000 on TV commercials the week before the election? They would laugh. And that’s what they look like right now trying to blame the Black Lives Movement for their loss.

Was there something about Tuesday that surprised you? Or made you rethink your previous views?

The share of white support for Trump. I thought the ballot was closed, but just seeing it there was this feeling of doing the job we have to do.

We need to do a lot of anti-racism and deep demarches in this country. Because if we keep losing white stocks and just allow Facebook to radicalize more and more elements of white voters and white voters, there aren’t many people of color and young people. that can compensate for that.

But the problem is, at the moment I think a big part of the Dem strategy is to avoid working through this. I’m just trying to avoid biting the bear. That’s their argument with cutting police funding, right? So as not to stir up racial resentment. I don’t think it’s sustainable.

There are a lot of magical thoughts in Washington that these are only special people who come from above. Year after year, we decline the idea that they have worked and conducted sophisticated operations in favor of the idea that they are magical and special people. I need people to take these glasses off and see how we can do things better.

If you are the DCCC and treating incumbents to progressive insurgents, you might think that you might want to use some of these companies. But instead, we banned them. Thus, the DCCC has banned every company that is the best in the country when it comes to digital organization.

The leaders and elements of the party – frankly, the people in some of the most important decision-making positions in the party – become so blind to this anti-activist sentiment that they become clouded over the very strengths they offer.

I have been begging the party to let me help them for two years. This is also the point. I tried to help. Before the election, I offered to help every swing district Democrat in their operation. And all but five of them refused my help. And the five vulnerable or swing district people I helped have won or are on the way to victory. And everyone who rejected my help is losing. And now they blame us for their loss.

So I need my colleagues to understand that we are not the enemy. And that their base is not the enemy. That the Black Lives Movement is not the enemy, that Medicare for all is not the enemy. It’s not even just about winning an argument. It’s that if they keep going after the wrong thing, I mean, they’re just creating their own obsolescence.

What do you expect from the opening of the Biden administration to the left? And what is the strategy to move it?

I don’t know how open they will be. And this is not a personal matter. That’s right, the party story tends to be that we are really excited about the grassroots to get elected. And then these communities are quickly abandoned just after an election.

I think the transition period is going to indicate whether the administration is taking a more open and collaborative approach or whether it is taking some sort of icing approach. Because Obama’s transition set a course for 2010 and some of our losses in the House. It was a lot of those transition decisions – and one that was placed in leadership positions – that really informed, unsurprisingly, the governance strategy.

What if the administration is hostile? If they take John Kasich’s take on who Joe Biden should be? What to do?

Well I would be disappointed because we are going to lose. And that’s exactly what it is. These transitional appointments, they send a signal. They tell to whom the administration attributes this victory. And so it’s going to be very difficult after the young immigrant activists help hand over Arizona and Nevada. It’s going to be really tough after Detroit and Rashida Tlaib upped the numbers in her district.

It is really difficult for us to become non-voters when they feel like nothing is changing for them. When they feel like people don’t see them, or even don’t recognize their participation.

If the party believes that after 94% of Detroit went to Biden, after black organizers just doubled and tripled the turnout in Georgia, after so many people organized Philadelphia, the Democratic Party’s signal is that the John Kasichs won us this election? I mean, I can’t even describe how dangerous it is.

You diagnose national trends. You are perhaps the most famous voice on the left today. What can we expect from you over the next four years?

I do not know. I think I’ll probably have more answers as we get through the transition and into the next term. How the party reacts will inform a lot of my approach and what I think will be necessary.

The past two years have been quite hostile. Externally, we have won. Externally there has been a ton of support, but internally he’s been extremely hostile to anything that even smacks of progressive.

Is the party ready to sit down and work together and figure out how we’re going to use everyone’s assets at the party? Or will they just double down on this stifling approach? And that will inform what I’m doing.

Is there a universe in which they are hostile enough to be talking about a led Senate in a few years?

I really do not know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my tenure, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for office this year.

Really? Why?

This is the incoming. It’s stress. It is violence. It is the lack of support from your own party. It is your own party that thinks you are the enemy. When your own coworkers speak anonymously in the press and then turn around and say you are bad because you are actually adding your name to your opinion.

I chose to run for office because I felt I had to prove it was real. That this movement was real. That I was no accident. That people really want guaranteed health care and that people really want the Democratic Party to stand up for them.

But I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for senior positions and the odds of leaving just trying to start a farm somewhere – they’re probably the same.