Some social media users encountered a tweet in February 2019, which was presumably sent by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s press team, a postmark Hoda Muthana, an Alabama woman who traveled to Syria and married an Islamic state fighter who “more by a hero then our veterans “:
This message has not been posted by Rep Ocasio-Cortez or anyone associated with her law. The Twitter account @AOCpress is actually a parody account that publishes political satire.
@AOCpress identifies itself as “parody” and “satir” in its Twitter bio:
Hoda Muthana joined ISIS at age 20 and had a child with an ISIS fighter. Now, 24 years, she says she regrets joining the terrorist group and wants to return to the US. Here is an excerpt from a report held at her by NPR:
Muthana was 20 years old when she told the family that she was going to Turkey for a university event. She then went to Syria and joined the ISIS, became romantically involved in several ISIS soldiers, had a child with one of them, and allegedly spent several years attacking the United States.
Now Muthana wants to come home. The 24-year-old regrets coming to death with the terrorist group who brainwashed her online. A family lawyer told NPR’s David Greene on Morning Edition.
“People say she betrayed the land, she shouldn’t be able to come home,” Hassan Shibly said. But Mothana was a “vulnerable young woman who was brainwashed and manipulated by these criminal masterminds. They exploited her and used her, and she deeply resented them. She deeply regrets it.” Muthana’s attempts to return to the United States drew attention to President Trump who tweeted on February 20, 2019 that he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to allow her back to the US: 19659009] I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and he fully agrees not to allow Hoda Muthana back to the country!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
We searched for Ocasio-Cortez Twitter feed (found on @AOC not @AOCpress) and did not post any comments related to Muthana.