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Ocasio-Cortez fires back at accusations she faked being handcuffed at protest, says she was fined only $50

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Far-left progressive Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York fired back at accusations that she faked being handcuffed on Tuesday when she was escorted from a pro-abortion protest at the U.S. Capitol.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday that she was not trying to pretend that she was handcuffed, as many have accused.

"No faking here. Putting your hands behind your back is a best practice while detained, handcuffed or not, to avoid escalating charges like resisting arrest," she claimed.

Ocasio-Cortez aimed her ire at Rep. Nancy Mace, and added an insult against the Republican from South Carolina.

"But given how you lied about a fellow rape survivor for 'points,' as you put it to me, I don’t expect much else from you," she added, referring to a dustup between the two in February.

She and other Democratic lawmakers were briefly detained after they refused to comply with orders from law enforcement officials to stop blocking traffic. Both Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) appeared to pretend they were handcuffed as they were led away by police from the protest outside the Supreme Court.

Ocasio-Cortez added in an Instagram story that she had been fined only $50 for the incident.

The invisible handcuffs became fodder for critics of Ocasio-Cortez who posted memes and jokes ridiculing her effort. Among those mocking her were Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who quipped: "She was shackled today in a way that's never been done before — with imaginary shackles."

Some in the media were also excoriated for aiding the deception by publishing photographs making it appear that both she and Omar were handcuffed.

Here's more about the invisible handcuffs:

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez accused of pretending to be handcuffed at abortion rally www.youtube.com

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