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Commentary: AOC Propaganda Saved Dems From Border Accountability

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By Tom Borelli originally posted at

Fear motivated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal) to support the “Squad” by engineering a resolution condemning President Trump over tweets directed at the extremist freshmen.

The Speaker desperately wanted to get out of the line of fire following the open warfare with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over the $4.6 billion humanitarian border aid bill which resulted in Pelosi being accused of targeting women of color.

Pelosi recognizes the “Squad” leader Ocasio-Cortez, backed by Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass) have immense power to drive the national debate and influence Democrats.

Unknown to most, Ocasio-Cortez and her crew leveraged their power to successfully deflect Democrat responsibility for the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico southern border through an emotional shock and awe propaganda campaign.

A CNN poll conducted in late June found a big jump in the percentage of Americans that believed there is a crisis at the southern border with recognition of the problem as a crisis rising from 45 percent in January to 74 percent in June.

However, thanks to the advocacy led by Ocasio-Cortez, the definition of the crisis differs significantly between Democrats and Republicans.

Sixty three percent of Republicans feel the crisis is due to the number of migrants seeking to enter the U.S.

In contrast, 54 percent of Democrats believe the way migrants are treated is the crisis.

Importantly, 62 percent of Americans disapprove of the way migrants are treated.

The definitional difference of the crisis is not an accident but tied to the propaganda dished out by Ocasio-Cortez who effectively uses her media appeal and huge social media network to influence public opinion, especially with Democrats.

In a June 18 tweet and Instagram video, Ocasio-Cortez tapped into emotionally prone Democrats by calling detention centers “concentration camps” which caused a media firestorm.

Shortly after, Omar echoed Ocasio-Cortez’s concentration camp analogy during a radio interview where she also called the administration’s immigration policy “inhumane” and “un-American.”

In early July, possibly sensing traction of their spin, the squad put its propaganda effort about the border crisis in overdrive.

During a tour of border detention facilities, Ocasio-Cortez issued a number of dramatic sound bites that put the focus on the treatment of migrants and Border Patrol agents.

After visiting one facility, Ocasio-Cortez claimed, “People were drinking out of toilets…” and that she was harassed by Border Patrol agents.

During a press conference at a Texas border facility, Pressley and Tlaib gave emotional testimony about their visit to dentition facilities.

Not done yet, Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib made emotional remarks at a House hearing including tears.

The net effect of the masterful use of propaganda saved Democrats from being held responsible for the border crisis.

Suddenly, detention centers and Border Patrol agents are the problem — not the invasion of Central American migrants.

National focus is now on the treatment of the migrants and not on Democrat policies such as sanctuary cities and California giving government healthcare for young illegal aliens, both of which serve as a magnet for Central Americans to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.

Also forgotten was Democrat denial of the crisis at the southern border. Earlier this year, Democrat after Democrat denied the existence of the crisis by calling it a “fake,” “manufactured,” or an “imaginary” crisis in order to deny President Trump funds to build a border wall.

Finally, with the pressure off, Democrats don’t need to fix immigration laws including the asylum loopholes that make it easy for migrants to game the system.

It’s easy to criticize Ocasio-Cortez on her support of socialism and the consequences of her policy ideas but it’s a mistake to underestimate the way she can move the national discussion to benefit her extremist views.

While it’s true the squad poses a problem for Pelosi, the freshmen members can be very useful in covering up for Democrat policy failures.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. As a columnist he has written for, The Washington Times, Newsmax magazine, and also hosts radio programs on SiriusXM Patriot with his wife Deneen Borelli. Dr. Borelli has appeared on numerous television programs on Newsmax TV, Fox News, Fox Business and TheBlaze.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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