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What is Rep. Ocasio-Cortez doing in Kings Canyon National Park?

A baseball team, patriotism, Ocasio-Cortez and an apology: Here’s what happened

The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team played a Memorial Day video on its scoreboard May 27, 2019, and later apologized for equating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jung-un and Fidel Castro.
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The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team played a Memorial Day video on its scoreboard May 27, 2019, and later apologized for equating Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jung-un and Fidel Castro.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted to her Instagram story Thursday morning a view familiar to many Fresnans and Valley natives: towering Giant Sequoia trees in Kings Canyon National Park.

The Democratic congresswoman from New York dominated conversation in Fresno earlier this summer after the Fresno Grizzlies mistakenly played a video on Memorial Day likening her to dictators. The team apologized, and two Fresno City Councilmembers met her in Washington, D.C. and presented her with Grizzlies gear and invited her to Fresno.

So, will she visit Fresno or make any other Valley stops?

Her congressional staff doesn’t share details about her schedule. The Grizzlies have no plans to meet with her, and Rep. T.J. Cox, D-Fresno, also has no plans to meet with her. Neither does Fresno City Councilmember Esmeralda Soria, who met with Ocasio-Cortez in D.C.

AOC, as the congresswoman is known, shared several videos and photos on Instagram of the forest and giant trees, captioning them with information and comments on climate change. She took a tour of the forest on horseback.

“These are all open to the public… through our incredible national parks system,” she wrote. “This land is a precious resource to the entire world (not to mention all these trees are huge fighters against climate change with their carbon sequestration).

“We often travel far to other countries, but it’s important to remember that the U.S. is home to many of the most magical and stunning natural wonders on planet Earth. And many of them have been preserved under our national parks, forests and monuments for the whole public to enjoy now and for future generations,” she wrote.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, posted videos and photos to her Instagram stories Thursday showing a visit one hour outside Fresno in Kings Canyon National Park. Her captions discussed Sequoia trees and climate change. Screenshot

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Brianna Calix covers politics and investigations for The Bee, where she works to hold public officials accountable and shine a light on issues that deeply affect residents’ lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sun-Star, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State.
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