Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was taken to task Monday night by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after a photo surfaced online that showed a group of young men wearing “Team Mitch” shirts groping and choking a cardboard cutout of the congresswoman.
Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you.Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?Thanks. https://t.co/ysRJuwonUx— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 6, 2019
The photo, which was originally posted to Instagram, was accompanied by the caption, “break me off a piece of that.”
Seems like a great group of guys.
Pictured: seven young white men in “Team Mitch” T-shirts, gathered round a distressed looking cardboard @AOC, groping and kissing her. The caption, “break me off a piece of that.”Future federal judges of America. pic.twitter.com/t877J7Pcye— feminist next door (@emrazz) August 5, 2019
The photo was posted Monday, just one day after a weekend that included two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. Following the shooting, AOC called out McConnell for not voting on a gun reform bill that was passed by the House back in February.
“The House passed HR8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Act, *5 months ago* and the Senate has yet to vote on it,” Cortez tweeted. “It was one of our 1st major priorities after ending the gov shutdown. You’ve been sitting on it since February giving bogus excuses. Care to explain [to] the people why?”
Her condemnation was in response to a tweet from McConnell in which he echoed the classic Republican line of “thoughts and prayers” that always comes in the wake of these tragedies.