The family of Ava Martinez – an eight-year-old child whose impressions of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went viral – took down her social media accounts on Wednesday. The family says that they were targeted by death threats and harassing phone calls that “have gone too far,” leaving the family concerned for their safety.
Martinez was dubbed “Mini AOC” after videos of her impersonating Ocasio-Cortez went viral online. The parodies were incredibly popular, and some described her impressions as “spot on.”
In one tweet, according to a report by the Daily Caller, “she mocked the New York Democrat’s theatrics over the migrant crisis.”
“Every time I plan a visit to the park it’s closed!” said the tweet. “Can everyone see how sad this makes me?!”
During an interview, Martinez said that her father and uncle originally encouraged her to make the soon-to-be viral videos after they noticed that she bore a resemblance to Ocasio-Cortez.
Prior to that moment, Martinez wasn’t even aware of who Ocasio-Cortez was, though quickly became familiar with her mannerisms and speaking patterns.
A tweet from a Twitter account that reportedly belongs to Salvatore Schachter, Martinez’s stepfather, made the announcement.
“Ava will not be doing any more MINI AOC content,” said the tweet. “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 our child’s safety, we deleted all Mini AOC accounts.”
During an interview, Schachter confirmed that they “had to delete our accounts because the threats, harassment, negativity, and hate directed at Ava and our family grew too much to bear.”
“The calls, texts, posts, and emails from angry, hate-filled people were quite frankly, disturbing.”
Martinez’s Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube accounts were all disabled.
This sweet, adorable, 8yo actress is not only much cuter than the real #AlexandriaOcasioCortez but she’s also already much smarter too. I asked her to do this video because when #AOC is talking this is what we’re all thinking. We’re better off with this sweetheart in Congress. pic.twitter.com/QybovhN8WZ
— SickenTirade (@SICKENLAW) April 18, 2019