The family of an eight-year-old girl whose video impersonations of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went viral said they have deleted her social media accounts due to harassment and death threats.
Ava Martinez, known as “Mini AOC,” quickly rose to fame after she was featured in multiple videos that mocked Ocasio-Cortez, FOX News reported.
In early July, Ava appeared in several photo tweets while standing outside a park fence while appearing to cry.
“Every time I plan a visit to the park it’s closed,” the caption read, according to Newsweek. “Can everyone see how sad this makes me?”
The photo mimicked images of an upset Ocasio-Cortez standing outside the Tornillo “tent city” detention center fence in Texas, which critics later claimed was a staged “photo op,” Newsweek reported.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed that the moment when the photos were taken was “the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents & caged them,” according to Newsweek.
After Ava’s parody photos were posted on Twitter, the family said they began receiving death threats, and ultimately decided to remove Ava from the limelight, FOX News reported.
“Ava will not [be] doing any more MINI AOC content,” her stepfather, Savatore Schachter, tweeted on July 3. “The Left’s Harassment and death threats have gone too far for our family. We have been getting calls on our personal phone numbers.”
“For our safety and for our child’s safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts,” Schachter added.
He said that a bulk of the feedback they received prior to the photos outside the playground was very positive, but that critics have increasingly been making comments that are “personal, dark, and dangerous,” FOX News reported.
“She’s disappointed at not doing Mini AOC going forward, but we explained that this is for the best and she’s okay with it,” he added. “The world has seen Ava’s beauty, talent, and charm, which was the whole reason for Mini AOC to begin with, and no amount of hate or anger will change that.”
“Also, like Ava says, ‘try using your words,’” Schachter suggested.