A left-wing, anti-war podcaster says he was left “shaken” after two police officers came to his apartment over a single tweet posted online. A left-wing, anti-war activist says he was left “shaken” after two police officers came to his apartment in California last week, accusing him of threatening Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. Ryan Wentz, who goes by the Twitter handle @queeralamode, said the plainclothes California Highway Patrol officers came to his door Thursday, after he posted video of some vague remarks made by Ocasio-Cortez on Israel and Palestine and criticised her comments as “incredibly underwhelming.” “I lightly criticized @AOC for a disappointing answer in response to a question about Palestine/Israel,” Wentz tweeted.
As a result, he said, police arrived at his address. At first, the two officers yelling his name sounded like, “my Postmates delivery,” Wentz said in a podcast Friday.
“I felt scared, intimidated, and violated,” he tweeted. “They knew my name and where I live. It was done on behalf of a congresswoman who advocates against police state tactics.”
Wentz said the officers “right off the bat” described his tweet as a “threat to kill a sitting member of Congress.”
But AOC spokeswoman Lauren Hitt told The Post Saturday the congresswoman had not asked police to intervene in any way, and said her office has asked Capitol Police to explain what happened. AOC was not behind the police visit to Wentz, the co-host of the left-wing podcast “Left Bitches,” the Capitol Police said.
“USCP investigates all threats that are reported by Congressional offices,” the Department said. “The Department also monitors open and classified sources to identify and investigate threats. This is standard operating procedure for the Department. As it pertains to this incident, the Congresswomen (sic) did not request that USCP initiate an investigation.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s office has publicly asked for help in identifying critics in the past, however. On Feb. 4, her campaign emailed supporters asking them to “scan your social media to find posts with misleading information” about the congresswoman, and “use the built-in report feature to flag them for moderators.”
Previously, in February 2019, AOC tweeted that her office was being flooded with “bigoted calls” and said it “forwards all the threats to Capitol Police to build files.” Michael S. Miller of the New York Jewish Community Relations Council conducted the interview with Ocasio-Cortez that spurred Wentz’s original tweetl. He asked her about what could be done to facilitate peace between Jewish Israelis and Palestinians.
Wentz took issue with some of her more meandering statements in the interview.
“I think that when we talk about peace, centering people’s humanity, protecting people’s rights – it’s not just about the what and the end goal which actually gets a lot of focus, but I actually think it’s much more about the how, and the way we are coming together, and how we interpret that what, and how we act in, you know, the actions we take to get to that what,” Ocasio-Cortez said at one point.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.