Last week, a police officer from Louisiana wrote in a social media post that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a “vile idiot” who “needs a round… and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” On Monday, Gretna Police Chief Arthur Lawson announced that the officer in question — and Officer Angelo Varisco who “liked” the post — had been fired and the incident was “an embarrassment to our department.”
The post had initially been taken down right after. And then the officer’s account, which wasn’t public, was also deactivated. The article that Rispoli — a 14-year veteran of the Police Department — linked to his social media post regarding AOC allegedly saying soldiers are paid too much was proven to be false by Snopes.
“I spoke to him personally just to try to find out why,” Lawson explained. “I just couldn’t understand and I think he just got caught up in the heat of the moment. I mean this wasn’t even a real news article
.” Chief Lawson said that Gretna police officers had been trained and made aware of other similar incidents throughout the U.S. where officials had been reprimanded for inappropriate social media posts. “With all of those efforts, something like this still happens,” he said. “And it’s very disturbing. It certainly shows a lack of the officers paying attention to what’s going on in the world around them.”
After the post was revealed, AOC tweeted
: “This is Trump’s goal when he uses targeted language & threatens elected officials who don’t agree w/ his political agenda. It’s authoritarian behavior. The President is sowing violence. He’s creating an environment where people can get hurt & he claims plausible deniability.”
These comments made by the Lousiana police officer are part of a larger disconcerting trend of public elected officials and government officials disrespecting AOC and other congresswomen as a result of Trump’s hateful rhetoric. But AOC continues to prove to us that she’s not backing down.