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MSNBC host says conservatives have a ‘fixation’ with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and they’re using a familiar script to attack her

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) found herself the subject of new criticism over the weekend when the New York Post ran an article questioning whether she truly lived in her district. She responded, noting that she had recently moved but was unwilling to share her address, given that a man who prosecutors have deemed a domestic terrorist reportedly had her name on a hit list along with a cache of guns.

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On Monday, MSNBC’s Ari Melber argued that the Post’s criticism continues a line of conservative obsessions with the young congresswoman.

“Now, the fixation with a freshman’s residential choices shows the conservative energy vilifying a new woman in power,” he said. “Critics noting that conservatives seem to be testing out the same kind of personal insult strategies deployed against Hillary Clinton or Nancy Pelosi.”

He then showed a clip mashing up several outrageous conservative broadsides against Ocasio Cortez.

However, the New York Times’ Mara Gay had a somewhat different view. While she agrees that, by all accounts, Ocasio-Cortez does, in fact, live where she says, Gay argued that the question the Post was asking was completely legitimate. Ocasio-Cortez, after all, attacked her predecessor for not spending enough time in the district.

Watch the clips below:

“The fixation on a freshman’s residential choices shows the conservative energy vilifying a new woman in power” @AriMelber on article about @AOC’s Bronx apartment: pic.twitter.com/5AsW4nDr0Y

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— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) February 25, 2019


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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident

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It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.

After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.

"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."

Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.

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Vladimir Putin must love watching the US fall apart: columnist

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New Yorker columnist Susan Glasser made the astute observation that if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to destabilize the United States with the election of President Donald Trump, he's clearly achieved his objective.

It was reported in March that Russian intelligence services are working to incite violence using white supremacist groups to try and sow racial chaos in the United States ahead of the November election.

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Conservative columnist links all Republicans to the attack on Lafayette Square

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Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump decided to walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op. To get there, however, it took an outright battle with mounted park police, police covered in body armor and rattled Secret Service members who had just rushed the president to the bunker several nights before. Armed with semi-automatic weapons and military gear, they staged a siege on Lafayette Square against unarmed hippies, woke whites and people of color, again, forced to fight for justice.

Writing for the Washington Post Wednesday, conservative columnist Max Boot attacked Attorney General Bill Barr, who accepted responsibility for demanding that demonstrators be tear-gassed, beaten and shot with rubber bullets. Like Bull Conor ordering fire hoses on students marching in Birmingham, Alabama, Barr's attack on Lafayette Square for a photo-op proved he is willing to do what it takes to stroke the fractured ego of a president forced to cower in a bunker.

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