Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Tuesday she confronted a US Customs and Border Protection agent after the agent trying to sneak a “mocking” selfie with her at Texas Border Patrol facility — following allegations she yelled at officers there “in a threatening manner.”
“The Congresswoman spoke sternly to a CBP agent that tried to take a stealth selfie with the Congresswoman in a mocking manner, despite the gravity of the situation,” the New York lawmaker’s office said in a statement to the Washington Post.
The claim is a response to a Washington Examiner report in which unnamed sources said they witnessed Ocasio-Cortez “crying and screaming and yelling” at agents in the El Paso, Texas facility Monday.
Her camp called that an “inaccurate depiction of events.” On Monday evening, the freshman congresswoman scoffed at the idea officers felt “threatened” by her.
“They were literally discussing making a GoFundMe for an officer who attacked my on my tour. They confiscated my phone, and they were all armed. I’m 5’4”,” she tweeted. “They’re just upset I exposed their inhumane behavior.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s highly publicized visit to the southern border with other congressional Democrats followed reports of terrible conditions and sexual assaults at the facilities — and allegations that current and former CBP agents had joked about assaulting her in a secret Facebook group.
Following a tour of a Clint facility, she claimed to have seen migrants drinking out of toilets — an allegation CBP officials have denied.
CBP did not immediately return a request for comment about the “stealth selfie” claim.