Two stories on the front page of NYPost.com today show a bit of false equivalency.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday night after a photo surfaced on social media, showing a group of young men “groping and choking” a cardboard cutout of the freshman congresswoman — while wearing shirts that read “Team Mitch.”
“Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll,” she asked, “or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?”
Gun control supporters stood outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home in Kentucky on Sunday night — protesting and hurling death threats at him — while broadcasting on Facebook Live.
“Murder Turtle!” the demonstrators can be heard shouting on video, in reference to McConnell’s infamous nickname.
“Come out, come out, wherever you are,” a person says at one point, while the others continue to yell.
“The bitch home — we keep seeing the lights go on and off,” another says. “This hoe really thought he was going to get ready to be at home after he hurt his little punk ass shoulder. Bitch, don’t nobody give a f–k! F–k your thoughts and prayers, Mitch. F–k you, f–k your wife, f–k everything you stand for.”
One is shenanigans, and one is an attempt to threaten and intimidate.
Some people would like for us to think they’re the same, but they are not.
Also, the distinguished gentlewoman is probably to young to remember this:
Jon Favreau, the 27-year-old speechwriter to Barack Obama, was photographed with his hand on the, er, lower shoulder of a cardboard cutout of Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton.
Or maybe she is hoping that her audience is. And she might be right.