Did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) violate the First Amendment with action she took against a reporter Friday?
On Friday, the Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra broke the news that Ocasio-Cortez had seemingly changed her accent while speaking to a predominantly black crowd at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“This is what organizing looks like, this is what building power looks like, this is what changing the country looks like, it’s when we choose to show up and occupy the room and talk about the things that matter most,” Ocasio-Cortez said with a Southern drawl.
“I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin’ wrong with that,” she continued. “There’s nothin’ wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing wrong with driving the buses that take your family to work.”
Indeed, Ocasio-Cortez later claimed she was engaged in code-switching by using an accent familiar to her Bronx origin. On Twitter, she defended herself saying that Saavedra’s reporting churred the “conspiracy mills,” claiming she has previously used the accent in public.
Saavedra later checked the tapes, concluding that Ocasio-Cortez had, in fact, not used the same accent during the speeches she cited.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by blocking Saavedra on Twitter. Unconstitutional?