Another attempted smear of Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has backfired.
The Daily Caller posted it with the headline: “Here's The Photo Some People Described as a Nude Selfie of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez."
The congresswoman hit back on Twitter, saying the photo was a fake.
For those out of the loop, Republicans began to circulate a fake nude photo of me. The @DailyCaller reposted it (!) and refused to indicate it was fake in the title as well.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
Completely disgusting behavior from Conservative outlets.
No wonder they defended Kavanaugh so fiercely.
GOP have been losing their mind + frothing at the mouth all week, so this was just a matter of time.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
There is also a Daily Mail reporter (Ruth Styles) going to my boyfriend’s relative’s homes+offering them cash for “stories.”
Women in leadership face more scrutiny. Period. https://t.co/KuHJ75sdMg
The Daily Caller changed the headline and apologized, tweeting, "As soon as editors noticed the twitter headline, we rapidly had it deleted and fixed ... We regret the error, as the intent was to inform our audience that a fake image was circulating online."
As soon as editors noticed the twitter headline, we rapidly had it deleted and fixed. The story itself is otherwise no different than what HuffPo and Vice published.— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 10, 2019
We regret the error, as the intent was to inform our audience that a fake image was circulating online. https://t.co/aClyRLnjQZ
Ocasio-Cortez fired back, saying it wasn’t an apology and said the website was “targeting” her.
a) this is not an apology— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 10, 2019
b) you’ve been posting hysteric, misrepresentative articles about me nonstop - many within 24h.
The @DailyCaller, funded by @TuckerCarlson (at @FoxNews), has a well-documented relationship with white supremacy.
Unsurprising they’re targeting me. https://t.co/LcQuQYWdqk
The woman in the bathing photo scandal is actually Sydney Leathers, from the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.
Leathers, who is a fan of Ocasio-Cortez, tweeted, "hey @aoc, I’m sorry creeps are trying to pretend my pics are actually pics of you."
She also called Ocasio-Cortez a “national treasure.”
Leathers told Inside Edition it's her in the photo.
"I still live in the same house. That is still my bathtub," she said. "They were trying to say, ‘Oh, zoom in on the faucet. It is the congresswoman’s breasts!’ and in reality it was me the whole time!”
Leathers now writes for the political website Washington Babylon.
"Of all the politicians I could possibly get in trouble, she is the last one I would do any damage to,” she said. “I think she is fabulous."