TOILETGATE: AOC’s wild Border Patrol claim could be pure ignorance

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is quite adept at putting herself into the daily news cycle.  Given her short career in politics, (and even shorter list of accomplishments), this yearning for the public spotlight is her saving grace – at least in the eyes of her fans.

But it may very well be this thirst for attention that has led AOC down a wayward path, into the delusional and dumbfounding world of concocted soundbites meant to slake the public’s thirst for vitriol.  Some of her statements are so absurd that they simply fade into obscurity at the end of the news day as if they were never said.

It is doubtful that her latest claims will receive such a subtle sendoff.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday that illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers detained at a pair of U.S. Customs and Border Protection stations she visited are ‘drinking out of toilets’ – a claim an agency official quickly denied.

Speaking outside a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas, she raged: ‘There’s abuse in these facilities.’

‘This was them knowing a congressional visit was coming. This was CBP on their best behavior. Telling people to drink out of the toilet.’

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But there’s a catch.  (There’s always a catch with AOC).

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These were not toilets, per se, but single toilet/sink units as one would find in a jail cell.

But a CBP official said Monday in the early evening that plumbing fixtures at the locations Ocasio-Cortez visited are standard-issue jail appliances with sinks that dispense safe drinking water attached to toilets in a single unit.

‘Of course that’s what we have,’ the official said. ‘No one is drinking toilet water. They’re drinking potable water from the sink attached to the toilet. It’s what you would find in every municipal jail in the United States.’

A photo filed in a federal court case in 2016 illustrates the setup in a Tucson, Arizona CBP holding facility. The official confirmed that it’s identical to what detainees at Texas border stations have access to.

Ocasio-Cortez’s wild claim may be nothing more than a chance of mistaken identity, or a bit of semantical gymnastics meant to, once again, swing the cameras in her general direction.

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