Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich took a swipe at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Thursday after she went viral for embellishing the circumstances of her arrest.
Ocasio-Cortez was one of several lawmakers who were placed under arrest this week for blocking the street while protesting the overturning of Roe v. Wade in front of the Supreme Court.
The "Squad" leader was seen being escorted by a police officer with her hands behind her back as if she was placed in handcuffs. Except she wasn't actually restrained.
In video clips shared across Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez kept her hands in what critics swiped were "invisible handcuffs" only to raise her fist in the air to express solidarity with reporters. Her colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., similarly followed suit and kept her hands in a handcuffed-like position as she walked, even without being escorted by law enforcement, also raising her first after.
ABC NEWS HAMMERED FOR MAKING IT LOOK LIKE AOC, OMAR WERE HANDCUFFED AT ABORTION RALLY
Ocasio-Cortez has since denied accusations that she was "faking" being handcuffed, insisting to her critics that "Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest."
AOC mugshot released pic.twitter.com/S0eZTx13nJ— Edward (@edwardrussl) July 19, 2022