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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came under fire again on Sunday for her characterization of a Christian-themed ad that ran during Super Bowl LVII on Sunday.
In a Twitter post, the New York Democrat claimed the ad was just a front for “fascism,” which instantly drew criticism. “Something tells me Jesus would *not* spend millions of dollars on Super Bowl ads to make fascism look benign,” she wrote.
She was referencing the “He Gets Us” ad, which was sponsored, in large part, by the same family that owns the Hobby Lobby craft store franchise.
Fox News reported: “The multimillion-dollar campaign bought two ad spots on Super Bowl Sunday and divided viewers, some of whom said the ‘Jesus’ depicted in the ads was a worldly one. But Ocasio-Cortez took fault with the political bent of the ads, one of which showed scenes of protesters on the right and on the left fighting over issues like pandemic lockdowns.”
Both liberal and conservative social media users blasted ‘AOC’ for, as some said, suggesting Christianity and fascism are linked.
Former Auburn University football player Lee Ziemba noted with a crying laughing emoji: “Love your enemy equates to Fascism? You’re brilliant!”
Love your enemy equates to Fascism? 🤣. You’re brilliant!
— Lee Ziemba (@Ziemba73) February 13, 2023
Attorney Eric Owens indicated that the self-described New York democratic socialist missed the entire point of the commercial.
“That’s your take from a great Super Bowl ad reminding us of the truth, universal to all religions and all wisdom, that hate is bad? Are you serious? You have jumped the shark. Presumably, an intern is writing your tweets while you wear a fancy dress to a Super Bowl ball.” Owens said.
That's your take from a great Super Bowl ad reminding us of the truth, universal to all religions and all wisdom, that hate is bad?
Are you serious?
You have jumped the shark. Presumably, an intern is writing your tweets while you wear a fancy dress to a Super Bowl ball.
— Eric Owens (@ericowensdc) February 13, 2023
“Are you a theologian now? What can you not do?” another user asked.
Are you a theologian now? What can you not do?
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) February 13, 2023
Meanwhile, Kari Lake, the 2022 Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate, went viral for a photo taken of her ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII as the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs prepared to play for the NFL championship.
The pic shows Lake remaining seated during the playing of the so-called “black national anthem,” which has become a staple at NFL games since the 2020 season as the league aligned itself with the Black Lives Matter movement.
“The @NFL played two different ‘National Anthems’ tonight. Someone just sent me a photo of @KariLake sitting during the first one,” journalist Benny Johnson tweeted.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 12, 2023
According to the Western Journal:
The song, a Christian hymn honoring the birthday of Republican President Abraham Lincoln, certainly has noble origins. But the reason for its inclusion before pro football games was anything but noble.
The “black national anthem” was added as a concession to those who felt the “racist” origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner” didn’t represent them. Regardless of what song they chose, designating something as a “national anthem” representative of only one racial group is nothing but divisive.
Because of the song’s cultural politicization, Lake chose to remain seated as the song was performed.
Lake’s gubernatorial Twitter account explained why she sat: “Our girl is against the idea of a ‘black National Anthem’ for the same reason she’s against a ‘white National Anthem.’ She subscribes to the idea of ‘one Nation, under God.’”
During the performance of the National Anthem by country music star Chris Stapleton, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni was seen with tears streaming down his face, as other players felt the emotion as well.
— NFL (@NFL) February 12, 2023
“Eagles coach Nick Sirianni crying during the national anthem got me man… If you don’t feel this you don’t have a pulse!” former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho, who played most of his career with the Eagles, tweeted.
“Nick Sirianni is all of us listening to Chris Stapleton right now. Absolutely gorgeous rendition,” Kristen Rodgers, a Philadelphia local news anchor, added.
“I wish our politicians loved America as much as Nick Sirianni does,” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk wrote.
Last week, Lake said she’s “entertaining” a possible U.S. Senate run.
During an interview with Kirk on his Real America’s Voice show, Lake hinted that she could run for the Senate in the 2024 election if she doesn’t get a “decent ruling” in her lawsuit for the Arizona gubernatorial election.