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AOC fakes being put in handcuffs after being arrested at a protest for abortion rights

Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was made fun of on social media Tuesday after she put her arms behind her back to act like she was handcuffed after being arrested at a pro-abortion rally outside the Supreme Court.

After stopping traffic in front of the court building, the Democratic lawmaker from the Bronx and Queens was gently led away by a Capitol Police officer. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who is also from the city, was with him.

AOC pretended to be held back for a few steps before raising her hand to supporters on the sidewalk. She crossed her wrists again behind her back to make it look like she was handcuffed.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several other lawmakers were escorted away from a pro-abortion protest outside of the Supreme Court building on July 19, 2022.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several other lawmakers were escorted away from a pro-abortion protest outside the Supreme Court building on July 19, 2022.
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The clip spread like wildfire and conservative commentators were quick to chime in.

“AOC pretended to be in handcuffs when she was escorted away from the Supreme Court,” the official account for the conservative paper Washington Free Beacon tweeted.

“Oh my gosh @AOC faking handcuffs,” wrote Republican commentator Matt Whitlock. “This is too much.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Courtez is escorted away from a pro-abortion protest on July 19, 2022.
Ocasio-Courtez is escorted away from the protest on July 19, 2022.
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Ocasio-Cortez held her wrists together like they were handcuffed at the protest.
Ocasio-Cortez held her wrists together like they were handcuffed by police.
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AOC eventually raised a fist to supporters after pretending to be handcuffed.
AOC eventually raised a fist to supporters after pretending to be handcuffed.
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AOC was quickly mocked on social media for her faux handcuffs.
AOC was quickly mocked on social media for her faux handcuffs.
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“The Capitol Police must have put invisible handcuffs on @AOC!” tweeted political analyst Carmyn Kinsey. 

“You guys… @AOC is such a victim that she has to pretend that the big, mean policeman put her in handcuffs…She probably also thinks he wants to date her,” said conservative columnist Tim Young.

“.@AOC is such an expert at getting attention and narrative building that she PRETENDED to be handcuffed just so she could have this image on social media. There are no handcuffs on her lmfaoooo,” tweeted businessman Jason Howerton. 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib points her finger up while being arrested by Capitol Police officers during an abortion rights demonstration.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib points upward while being arrested by Capitol Police officers during an abortion rights demonstration.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the Democratic lawmakers who were escorted out of the Supreme Court building during an abortion rights protest.
AOC was among the Democratic lawmakers who were escorted out of the Supreme Court building during an abortion rights protest.
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Representatives Andy Levin (D-MI) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are detained during an abortion rights protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 19, 2022.
Rep. Andy Levin also raised his fist while being detained by Capitol Police officers outside the Supreme Court.
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“Note the handcuff pose, abandoned only to raise her fist in the air. The queen of gestures,” Fox News political analyst Brit Hume said.

The GAG asked AOC's office for a comment on what happened, but they didn't answer right away.

But she later talked about the "fake" handcuffs claim during a Q&A session on Instagram.

"Republicans' favorite thing to do is make conspiracy theories out of everything to keep you from talking about what's really important, which is that they are trying to take away your right to bodily autonomy," Ocasio-Cortez said to the camera in an Instagram Story. "If I was making that up, why would I first pump someone on purpose if I was lying? It's so ridiculous."

Capitol Police said that 35 people were arrested, and 17 of them were members of Congress.

Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Jackie Speier of California, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Andy Levin of Michigan, Barbara Lee of California, Cori Bush of Missouri, Katherine Clark of Connecticut, Nydia Valezquez of New York, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, and Sarah Jacobs of California were all booked.

Rep. Ilhan Omar getting escorted away from the protest.
Rep. Ilhan Omar is escorted away from the protest.
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Grainy video of Omar also showed the “Squad” member walking several steps with her hands behind her back as if handcuffed. However, she too raised her right arm in a clenched-fist salute without any difficulty. 

Following their arrests, the lawmakers were taken to a grassy area between the Supreme Court and Capitol building. Once there, police asked the representatives to pose with their congressional IDs in lieu of a mugshot.

One Capitol Police officer was seen telling the members that water was on the way as they relaxed.

AOC talking to the press along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley while being detained.
AOC talks to the press along with Rep. Ayanna Pressley while being detained.
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Several politicians, including Maloney, Ocasio-Cortez, Bush, and Levin, took the chance to talk to the press.

Jennifer Shutt of the States Newsroom said that the first group of lawmakers and activists were let go at about 2:30 p.m. Dean said that they were charged with "crowding, obstructing, or inconveniencing" and would have to pay a $50 fine.

When The Post asked Capitol Police if handcuffs were used in the incident, they did not answer right away.

The GAG asked AOC's office and Capitol Police for a comment, but they did not respond right away.

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