‘This vile idiot needs a round… and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.’
That’s what Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the Gretna Police Department in Louisiana, posted on Facebook
last week in reference to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to the Times-Picayune.
Here’s the screenshot from the account, which has since been taken down:
The story he was commenting on, which claims Ocasio-Cortez says soldiers get paid too much, was satire and deemed “false” by Snopes. Of course, fake news travels fast, especially when it fits the desired narrative, as it did in this case.
Rispoli’s post followed closely on the heels of President Trump telling Ocasio-Cortez, along with her fellow congresswomen of color, to “go back” from where they came. Trump’s words led the Democratic-led House to officially vote to condemn the “racist comments.” Four Republicans voted for the resolution.
Police Chief Arthur Lawson told the Times-Picayune that Rispoli could face consequences, though any disciplinary action won’t be made public.
Ocasio-Cortez has been the target of threatening and lewd comments from law enforcement officials before, including earlier this month when ProPublica found a secret Facebook page for Border Patrol agents to make crude jokes about her.