A PODCAST host claims he was visited by police for “threatening” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after he posted a tweet criticizing her comments on the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Ryan Wentz, who runs the online show Soapbox, says he was visited by two plainclothes members of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on April 8 for a tweet he’d authored a day prior.
On Wednesday, Wentz tweeted a link to an interview in which the Democratic firebrand fumbled over her words and struggled to answer questions on how to restore peace to the Middle East.
In his post, Wentz branded AOC’s bumbling answers, “incredibly underwhelming, to say the very least”.
The following day, Wentz said two CHP officers knocked on the front door of his LA home, cautioning him for threatening a member of Congress.
The officers purportedly told him the had received a call from the Capitol Police Department about his “threatening post” aimed at the New York progressive.
“The officers said, ‘we got a warning about a sitting member of Congress. And it was because of your tweet, which tagged them in it.
“And then they just wouldn’t back down from this accusation that I threatened to kill her,” he claimed in an interview with The Gray Zone.
In a tweet, Wentz, under his handle @queerlamode, later said he could only assume the officers were referring to his tweet calling AOC’s comments “underwhelming”.
“I’m really shaken up right now,” Wentz wrote. “I was just visited by two plainclothes police officers from California Highway Patrol at my home.
“They said they came here on behalf of the Capitol Police and accused me of threatening AOC on Twitter yesterday. This is provably false.”
In an additional tweet, he added: “I shouldn’t be harassed by police for critiquing her politics.”
Capitol Police have not yet disclosed who reported Wentz to the department, but a spokesperson for AOC’s office told Fox News it wasn’t them.
“No, we did not report him,” spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said. “We asked Capitol Police last night to look into what happened here and are awaiting additional information.”
The Capitol Police Department confirmed that AOC’s team were not the source of the alert, adding their officers started the investigation as part of its regular effort to monitor threats.
Earlier this year, AOC told her followers to report anyone who posts “misinformation” or makes threats against her online, though it’s unclear if that’s the case here.
“USCP investigates all threats that are reported by Congressional offices. The Department also monitors open and classified sources to identify and investigate threats,” the police department said.
“This is standard operating procedure for the Department. As it pertains to this incident, the Congresswomen did not request that USCP initiate an investigation.”
The department also said that Wentz was not reported for his tweet calling AOC’s answers “underwhelming”, rather a tweet authored by another user he’d been tagged in that was deemed threatening.
“They were tagged in a tweet that was perceived as threatening that prompted us to look into this,” the United States Capitol Police official told Fox News.
The tweet in question has since been removed from social media, officials said.
“Obviously as you can imagine, anytime there’s anything that could be a perceived threat, we’re going to talk to everybody involved, whether they’re directly involved or indirectly involved,” USCP said.
Wentz said he thought the officers were attempting to intimidate him and silence the right.
“If this was like a purely intimidation thing then I guess it did its job. It’s not comforting to be on the receiving end of that,” he told the Gray Zone.
“But at the same time, they’re not going to shut the left up.”
Fox News Host Tucker Carlson seethed over the situation during a Friday night broadcast of his eponymous show, calling it the latest in a succession of instances of the left attempting to censor conservative voices.
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“It’s hard to believe this is happening in America, but it did,” he said.
“So, what is an extremist? A lot of people assume an extremist must be someone who voted for Donald Trump or reads forbidden websites.
“No. It turns out it’s someone who disagrees with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, from the right, or even the left.”