Far-left U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called a Straight Pride Parade held in Boston over the weekend a "white supremacist parade" and urged her Twitter followers to help bail out violent protesters of the parade.
"One way to support the local LGBTQ community impacted by Boston's white supremacist parade?" she noted on Twitter. "Contribute to the Bail Fund for the activists who put themselves on the line protecting the Boston community."
Ocasio-Cortez also shared a link to the "Solidarity Against Hate Legal Defense Fund," which said its now-completed campaign raised over $24,000 — 164 percent of its $15,000 goal.
How did folks react to AOC's 'white supremacist' accusation?
As you might expect, a number of Twitter users ripped Ocasio-Cortez for conflating the Straight Pride Parade with white supremacy — and Chad Felix Greene, senior contributor to the Federalist, offered some photographic evidence to douse her claim:
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Greene's tweet included photos showing people of color marching in the Straight Pride Parade, which might lead one to view the event as a rather awkward white supremacist gathering.
Ocasio-Cortez's tweet piggybacked on a post from fellow Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who also asked her followers to contribute to the bail fund and called the Straight Pride Parade an "LGBT hate march."
In response, Michael Leary — president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association — rebuked Pressley: "Your actions in support of these individuals serves only to encourage criminal and disruptive behaviors such as those suffered by my members this weekend." He added that his officers "were screamed at, abused and fought by these so-called peaceful protestors."
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The Washington Examiner reported that 36 activists were arrested at the Boston parade, and nine of them were charged "with assault and battery on a police officer. Other charges included resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and assault by means of a dangerous weapon."
"Four officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries as they attempted to prevent the antifa-fueled crowd of about 1,000 counter-protesters from mixing it up with an estimated 200 parade participants," the Washington Times noted. "It was unclear how many of those arrested were affiliated with antifa, but photos posted online showed a black-clad antifa activist being carried off by police. Antifa protesters attempting to block a road scuffled with officers, as shown on video."
A judge on Tuesday upheld many of the charges against the arrested protesters:
Judge upholds charges for dozens arrested during 'straight-pride' parade, rally youtu.be
(H/T: The Daily Wire)