AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared ‘images of my violent rape’ in secret Facebook group
WASHINGTON – After a week fielding racist attacks from President Donald Trump, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.
The intense and personal line of questioning Thursday happened as McAleenan appeared before the House Oversight and Reform Committee to testify about his role in separating migrant children from their families and worsening conditions at the migrant detention centers along the southern U.S. border.
He was also asked several times about a secret Facebook group of current and former Border Patrol agents that contained more than 10,000 members and included posts mocking migrants and the deaths of children in custody and suggesting harm to Democratic lawmakers. After the group’s existence was revealed by a ProPublica report, McAleenan announced DHS was investigating the “disturbing” and “inexcusable” posts.
“Did you see the posts planning physical harm to myself and Congresswoman Escobar?” Ocasio-Cortez asked McAleenan. “Yes,” he answered. “And I directed an investigation within reading the article.”
“Did you see the images of officers circulating photoshop images of my violent rape?” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “Yes I did,” McAleenan responded.
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