A minor league baseball team has apologized after including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s image alongside dictators like Fidel Castro and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un during a Memorial Day video tribute.
The Fresno Grizzlies aired the three-minute video on Monday during a double-header at Chukchansi Park, California, in what was meant to be “a moving tribute” to the armed forces.
However, Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic representative from New York City, flashed across the screen at the same moment former President Ronald Reagan’s voice condemned “enemies of freedom.” The video, titled “We Are America,” also included images of the leftist anti-
“What was supposed to be a moving tribute ended with some misleading and offensive editing,” the Grizzlies, an AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, later said on Twitter.
“We’re embarrassed we allowed this video to play without seeing it in its entirety first,” the statement continued. “We unconditionally apologize to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) in addition to our fans, community and those we hurt. It was a mistake and we will ensure that nothing like it ever happens again.”
Ocasio-Cortez has not commented on the video.
You can still watch the entire three-minute, 35-second video on YouTube; Ocasio-Cortez is shown at about the 3:05 mark.
A Grizzlies rep told USA Today that the employee responsible for picking the video has been identified and is “remorseful.”
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) May 28, 2019