Ocasio-Cortez arrested at protest organized by Soros-backed group

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was widely mocked this week when conservatives said that she pretended to be handcuffed while getting arrested by Capitol Police at a pro-abortion protest on Tuesday.

Yet as an investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner explained, the incident appears to have been coordinated with help from an organization backed by far-left billionaire George Soros. 

Protest was organized by Soros-funded group

Examiner correspondent Andrew Kerr pointed to an Instagram post in which Ocasio-Cortez said she was asked to get herself arrested by organizers for the Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund (CPD).

Also arrested was Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, and her spokesperson Jeremy Slevin acknowledged CPD’s role in orchestrating events.

“Members of Congress, including @IlhanMN will be participating in a civil disobedience at the Supreme Court, potentially including arrests, shortly. 1 PM ET/12 PM CT,” Slevin declared in a tweet. He followed that message up by providing a link to CPD’s live stream.

In a post on its Facebook page, CPD said the protest was “a clear message to SCOTUS and lawmakers that #WeWontBackDown until ALL pregnancy-abled people are treated as full human beings with the autonomy to make decisions about OUR OWN bodies.”

CPD’s official Twitter account also made a point of publicizing the protest by linking to an ABC News story in which Omar was featured.

Kerr noted how in 2018, CPD co-executive director Andrew Friedman told the Washington Post that his organization receives over $1 million per year from the Open Society Foundations, a group funded by Soros.

Capitol Hill police: “Nobody was handcuffed”

Regarding the controversy surrounding Ocasio-Cortez, a Capitol Police spokesperson told the Examiner that none of those taken into custody on Tuesday were handcuffed.

“As is standard for peaceful, planned protests, those who were arrested were ticketed and released on site,” the spokesperson said. “Nobody was handcuffed, as is standard for a noncustodial arrest.”

“Everyone was arrested for Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307). They have up to 15 days to pay a $50 fine or they can have a hearing.”

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