Benny Johnson reports at the Daily Caller:
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world and rank-in-file Democrats by defeating incumbent Joe Crowley in Tuesday's New York primary.
The Ocasio-Cortez win signaled the growing swing leftward for national Democrats, a party undergoing a power struggle and identity crisis after Trump's election victory in 2016.
The platform Ocasio-Cortez ran on was deeply progressive, calling on the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, nationalized health care, universal jobs guarantee and getting America to 100 percent green energy.
"However, footage reveals that Ocasio-Cortez also has associates with regressive views," Johnson continues.
"One of Ocasio-Cortez's most enthusiastic campaigners and a man who stood behind her at her victory party, Thomas Lopez-Pierre, is a known anti-Semite and racist," according to the DC.
"Lopez-Pierre has regularly used slurs against Jewish and black New Yorkers in public forums and while running for office himself," the DC reports.
However, in an update to the DC report, Ocasio-Cortez states via Twitter:
No idea who this guy is, hundreds of folks walked into the hall open to the public last night. I absolutely denounce any such bigoted and reprehensible statements.
The Ocasio-Cortez tweet seems plausible -- except that the lead photo accompanying the DC story shows the reported bigot just one person away from the socialist, behind her, as she is speaking during her victory party.
That circumstance seems far different from his simply being one among many others, positioned farther away in the crowd of supporters. It is possible that the lead photo seeming to document the event is photoshopped. We await further developments on this story.