Police turn up at the home of ‘shaken’ podcaster for ‘threatening AOC’ after he posted a tweet criticizing her comments on Palestine and Israel – but she insists it WASN’T her who called it in
- Ryan Wentz tweeted on April 7 that AOC’s remarks on Palestine and Israel were ‘incredibly underwhelming’
- She was being interviewed by Michael Miller, the head of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
- A day after posting the tweet, two California Highway Patrol officers visited him at home in L.A.
- He says they accused him of threatening to kill the New York congresswoman
- They said the threat was reported to Capitol Police in DC and they forwarded it to him
- Wentz does not post his name or any other personal information online
- AOC says it was not her office who reported him and that someone else must have
PUBLISHED: 09:21 EDT, 10 April 2021 | UPDATED: 10:32 EDT, 10 April 2021
Police visited the L.A. home of a podcaster this week a day after after he posted a tweet criticizing AOC and her comments on Israel and Palestine.
Ryan Wentz runs the online show Soapbox and tweets under the handle Queelamode.
On April 7, he posted a link to an interview where AOC stumbled and struggled to answer questions on how to resolve peace in the Middle East. Wentz called her answers ‘incredibly underwhelming’.
The next day, two California Highway Patrol officers visited him at home in L.A. to caution him for allegedly threatening a member of congress.
He claims the cops said they had received a call from Capitol Police that he had ‘threatened’ the New York congresswoman. They left him their card but took no further action.
‘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.” +6
On April 7, he posted a link to an interview where AOC stumbled and struggled to answer questions on how to resolve peace in the Middle East. Wentz called her answers ‘incredibly underwhelming’AOC bumbles through interview on Israel and Palestine+6
Wentz said he was ‘really shaken up’ by what happened. The California Highway Patrol cops left their card behind
‘And then they just wouldn’t back down from this accusation that I threatened to kill her,’ he told The Gray Zone.
Wentz then posted on Twitter that he could only assume the tweet they were referring to was one where he called AOC’s comments on Israel and Palestine ‘underwhelming’.
Capitol Police have not disclosed who reported him to them, and AOC’s office told FOX that it was not them.
They told FOX that it was not because of a tweet he wrote, but one he was tagged in though they have not disclosed the contents of that tweet.
AOC’s office denied reporting it and say they are now looking into it.
They have in the past said they forward all threats that she receives – or what they perceive to be threats – to Capitol police.
Wentz told The Gray Zone that he thought the officers were purely trying to intimidate him and silence the right.+6
The California Highway cops said they were given the tip to visit Wentz by US Capitol Police, who AOC forwards all her ‘threats’ to +6
AOC told her fans and followers earlier this year to report anyone to social media giants if they post ‘disinformation’
‘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.
‘But at the same time, they’re not going to shut the left up.’
Tucker Carlson fumed on his FOX show on Friday night that it is the latest in a string of examples of the left trying to censor conservative voices.
He said Wentz had merely pointed out that AOC didn’t know what she was talking about when she gave the interview.
She had been asked about how to bring peace to the Middle East. She replied: ‘You know, earlier, just now, you and I were talking about the “what” and the “how.” And 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 often 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.”+6
Tucker Carlson fumed on his show on Friday night that it was another example of AOC trying to silence anyone who disagrees with her. ‘It’s hard to believe this is happening in America’ he said
Wentz was not alone in his criticism of AOC’s remarks. Others said she seemed uninformed and inarticulate
‘We value Jewish and, rather, we value Israeli, uh, uh, uh, we value the safety and human rights of Israelis, we value the safety and human rights of Palestinians.’ a
Carlson fumed on Friday night: ‘It’s hard to believe this is happening in America, but it did.
‘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.’
He said AOC feels ‘aggrieved’ by her power constantly, rather than being grateful for it, like others in Hollywood and Washington.
‘We’re living in a time when the most powerful people in the world masquerade as the least powerful, a time when billionaires pose as helpless victims (don’t criticize Bill Gates!), when a women who literally identifies as “the Duchess of Sussex” tells she’s oppressed and Oprah nods in empathy, because Oprah’s oppressed, too.’
Earlier this year, AOC told her followers and fans to report anyone who posts ‘misinformation’ about her on social media to the tech giants that run them.