Burning AOC ad during Democratic debate sparks outrage

 washingtonexaminer.com  09/13/2019 04:44:33 

An advertisement showing the image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bursting into flames aired during ABC's Democratic debate in Houston on Thursday, prompting a heated response from viewers.

The 30-second ad, from a Republican-affiliated PAC named New Faces GOP, features its founder Elizabeth Heng, a former GOP congressional candidate in California, warning about liberal politicians who embrace socialism.

"This is the face of socialism and ignorance," Heng says as a photo of Ocasio-Cortez catches fire and burns away to show harrowing images from the Cambodian Civil War in the 1970s from which her father fled.

"Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know the horrors of socialism? Heng continues. My father was minutes from death in Cambodia before a forced marriage saved his life. Thats socialism: Forced obedience. Starvation. Mine is a face of freedom. My skin is not white. Im not outrageous, racist, nor socialist. Im a Republican."

It appears the ad ran on at least one Sinclair station in the Washington, D.C., area.

Social media buzzed with criticism after the ad aired, with many angry that ABC allowed it to air.

How the hell did this Elizabeth Heng ad where @AOCs face is burned up clear ABC network standards and practices?

 Yashar Ali = (@yashar) September 13, 2019

BURNING #AOC PHOTO

One of the most notable (and disturbing) aspects of the #DemDebate wasn't about any of the candidates on stage.

It was an ad aired by @ABC of a Democratic member of Congress having their picture burned on screen.@AOC is owed an apology.

 Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 13, 2019

ABC can go to hell. Running propaganda with a picture of @AOC being set on fire, with dead bodies & skulls in the background, was absolutely despicable. People need to be fired over this. Its ridiculous & evil. ABC profited off of it, during the #DemDebate. Shame on ABC. Shame. pic.twitter.com/o7msRtQI3J

 Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 13, 2019

A spokesperson for ABC News did not immediately return a request for comment.

Ocaso-Cortez took to Twitter to react to the ad.

"Republicans are running TV ads setting pictures of me on fire to convince people they arent racist. Life is weird!" Ocasio-Cortez wrote. "Know that this wasnt an ad for young conservatives of color - that was the pretense. What you just watched was a love letter to the GOPs white supremacist case."

Know that this wasnt an ad for young conservatives of color - that was the pretense.

What you just watched was a love letter to the GOPs white supremacist case. https://t.co/zvp1EB02c5

 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 13, 2019

Heng shot back at Ocasio-Cortez, tweeting, "Not Republicans. Me. Are you really calling me a racist @aoc? Im calling all Democrats out for supporting an evil ideology. Or are you just in Congress to hang out with celebrities and tweet out ridiculous ideas like the green new deal?"

Not Republicans. Me. Are you really calling me a racist @aoc? Im calling all Democrats out for supporting an evil ideology. Or are you just in Congress to hang out with celebrities and tweet out ridiculous ideas like the green new deal? https://t.co/w985LYjIZd

 Elizabeth Heng (@ElizabethHeng) September 13, 2019

Heng was a candidate for Congress in 2018, vying for a seat representing California's 16th Congressional District. She lost to Democrat Jim Costa by 15 percentage points.

New Faces GOP is registered in Fresno, California, and Federal Election Commission filings show it raised roughly $170,000 in the first half of the year.

On its website, the PAC says it was formed "because our country is at risk of being destroyed by extreme, socialist Democrats who want to upend the American way of life. If we are going to compete on the battlefield of ideas, we must find new faces from the Republican Party stand up to lead."

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