Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday accused Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of being a “hysterical” woman and telling “flat-out lies” about the “horrifying” conditions she witnessed for migrants detained by the U.S. after crossing the Mexico border.
Ocasio-Cortez and about a dozen other Democratic lawmakers visited two Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Texas on Monday. She described “systemic cruelty” and recalled one woman telling her an agent had suggested she drink from a toilet if she was thirsty.
Limbaugh repeatedly pronounced Ocasio-Cortez’s name with an exaggerated accent, claiming she was “addicted to getting noticed” and called her fellow lawmakers a “gaggle of hysterical women … lying their way through that border visit.”
“Now she runs down there and starts trashing and lying about conditions at the border and the people who administer the people who come into this country illegally,” Limbaugh continued. “Flat-out lies that the detainees are being forced to drink out of toilets. The border patrol and ICE people are denying this and even this gaggle of lunatics with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admit they haven’t seen it. There aren’t any witnesses who have actually seen people being forced to drink water out of a toilet.”
“But my friends, based on what we’re told about the circumstances where these people are fleeing, maybe toilet water is a step up for some of them, based on what the left is telling us their homelands are like,” he concluded, before directing his rage towards Nike’s decision to cancel their Betsy Ross flag sneaker.
Ocasio-Cortez and several colleagues said after touring facilities in Texas that women detained said they had gone weeks without showers.