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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Young conservatives defaced cardboard cutout of Ocasio-Cortez and wrote Spanish for 'idiot' on her face at political convention party where Don Jr. and Ted Cruz spoke

Vandals defaced a cardboard cutout of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday night at a party hosted by a group of young conservatives on the sidelines of an annual political conference – writing the Spanish word for 'idiot' on her face.
Turning Point USA, an increasingly influential organization that rallies U.S. college students on the political right, hosted its 'Americafest' party at a restaurant near the site of the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Along with themed drinks – a vodka and soda water was called 'Russia collusion' and asking for 'Mexico will pay for it' got you a tequila sunrise – partygoers could help themselves to slices of bread from a 'socialism bread line.'
The life-size cutout of Ocasio-Cortez, who describes herself as a democratic socialist, stood in front of the bread. 
A cardboard cutout of socialist Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was vandalized with the Spanish word for 'idiot' on Thursday during a conservative political convention party
A cardboard cutout of socialist Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was vandalized with the Spanish word for 'idiot' on Thursday during a conservative political convention party
Turning Point USA brought the life-size cutout for 700-plus partygoers to mock at a restaurant near the site of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference
Turning Point USA brought the life-size cutout for 700-plus partygoers to mock at a restaurant near the site of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference
The gag was that Ocasio-Cortez was presiding over a 'socialism bread line,' with slices of plain white bread standing in as hors d'oeuvres
The gag was that Ocasio-Cortez was presiding over a 'socialism bread line,' with slices of plain white bread standing in as hors d'oeuvres
Later in the evening Donald trump Jr. delivered remarks; there has been no suggestion that he or the other speakers were aware of the vandalism
Later in the evening Donald trump Jr. delivered remarks; there has been no suggestion that he or the other speakers were aware of the vandalism
One of Turning Point's slogans is 'Socialism sucks.'
By night's end, the cutout featured graffiti including the words 'Annie Bronx' on the cutout's forehead and 'pendeja' on her cheek.
That word is Spanish slang for 'moron' or 'idiot.' 
On the bar menu, Ocasio-Cortez's namesake cocktail was a juice box, a slap at the 29-year-old New Yorker for bringing liberal millennial sensibilities to Congress. 
Social media images of the damage provided no clues to who put pen to corrugated plastic. Turning Point USA removed the cutout midway through the party after partygoers consumed all the bread. 
Turning Point USA staff removed the cutout midway through the party, according to an attendee
Turning Point USA staff removed the cutout midway through the party, according to an attendee
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (pictured) and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw also gave speeches to cheering throngs 
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (pictured) and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw also gave speeches to cheering throngs 
The Turning Point USA group Instagrammed the night's drink list, which included jokes about President Donald Trump's border wall, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, whose namesake cocktail was a juice box
The Turning Point USA group Instagrammed the night's drink list, which included jokes about President Donald Trump's border wall, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, whose namesake cocktail was a juice box
Instagrammers in suburban Maryland saw gems like this on Thursday night
Instagrammers in suburban Maryland saw gems like this on Thursday night
Among the cardboard cutouts brought for mocking was Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president despite her reputation taking a beating since she admitted not being a Native American after decades of claiming to be part Cherokee
Among the cardboard cutouts brought for mocking was Elizabeth Warren, who is running for president despite her reputation taking a beating since she admitted not being a Native American after decades of claiming to be part Cherokee
Other cardboard cutouts, like one of Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, stayed up all night. 
One conservative partygoer posed with the oversized Warren cutout, miming an uppercut to the jaw with the caption: 'This is what a real Native American looks like.'
Warren has become the butt of jokes in right-wing circles for claiming falsely for decades that she had Cherokee ancestry. 
A Turning Point USA representative said more than 700 people attended Thursday night's party. A line stretched down the block in the National Harbor neighborhood of Oxon Hill, Maryland, for more than an hour.

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