'This Isn't a Game': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Slams Reports on Her Home After Coast Guard Officer Arrested With Alleged Politician Hit List

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacked media outlets for reporting the details of her new Washington, D.C., home on the same day that federal agents arrested a self-described white nationalist after they found he had amassed a cache of weapons and had made a hit list including high profile politicians and journalists.

According to court documents shared by NPR, U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson had targeted such politicians as Ocasio-Cortez, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 2020 election Democratic candidates Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren. Well-known TV hosts from CNN and MSNBC were also on the list.

Hasson's internet history included searches such as: "Where in D.C. do Congress live?" and "Best place in D.C. to see Congress people," according to the court documents. Authorities found 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of mixed ammunition at Hasson's residence, the report continued.

Last week, The Washington Free Beacon published an article describing Ocasio-Cortez's new apartment in a "luxury" Washington, D.C., complex. The story was picked up by outlets including The Washington Examiner and the Daily Mail on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Although the outlets did not publish the exact location of Ocasio-Cortez's new building, they included detailed descriptions of the property, nearby landmarks and even local stores.

"Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it's shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday. "All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It's reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn't a game."

Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter.

All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger.

This isn’t a game. https://t.co/gcJWcKinxI

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 21, 2019

Federal officials alleged that Hasson had been inspired by Anders Breivik, the Norwegian far-right neo-Nazi terrorist who killed 77 people and injured hundreds more in a car bombing and mass shooting in July 2011. Breivik released an electronic manifesto at the time, which authorities said Hasson was following.

The Coast Guard lieutenant wasn't the only individual suspected of targeting Democratic politicians in recent months. Last October, police arrested Cesar Soyac Jr, 56, on suspicion of sending numerous explosive devices to high-profile individuals, such as former President Barack Obama and billionaire George Soros, as well as the cable news outlet CNN.

Authorities charged the part-time pizza deliveryman and bodybuilder on five counts, including interstate transportation and illegal mailing of explosives, threatening a former president, making threatening interstate communications and assaulting federal officers. Sayoc is thought to have lived in a van plastered with pro-Trump, anti-Democrat and anti-CNN materials.


— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019

The events prompted widespread criticism of President Donald Trump's repeated condemnation of the media. The president regularly blasts the media as the "enemy of the people," and is well-known for singling out CNN.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a rally in front of the White House on February 12. She slammed media outlets for revealing details of her Washington, D.C., home at the same time that her name was found on a political hit list. Alex Wong/Getty Images