As Twitchy told you earlier, proud socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — the Democratic nominee for New York’s 14th district — had an interesting guest at her victory party last night, namely a New York City council candidate and virulent anti-Semite named Thomas Lopez-Pierre. According to photos, Lopez-Pierre volunteered on her campaign.
But Mark Levine, a New York City councilman who has been the target of Lopez-Pierre’s anti-Semitism, is urging people to give Ocasio-Cortez the benefit of the doubt:
Thomas Lopez-Pierre has been showing up unwanted in campaigns for years, and frequently jumps into pictures with people who don't know who he is. Let's give @Ocasio2018 a chance to denounce him and his brazen anti-Semitism before jumping to conclusions. https://t.co/YbhHkEdOHu
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) June 27, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez took Levine up on his suggestion:
Thank you for this opportunity and your graciousness here. No idea who this guy is, hundreds of folks walked into the hall open to the public last night. I absolutely denounce any such bigoted and reprehensible statements.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 27, 2018
And pretty necessary. Hopefully, for her sake, she means it. Socialists are awful enough without the pervasive anti-Semitism.