Elizabeth Heng, founder of New Faces GOP, ran the 30-second ad during Thursday's Democratic presidential debate. It begins with a picture of AOC which burns away to reveal images of the Cambodian genocide while Heng narrates. "My father was minutes from death in Cambodia before a forced marriage saved his life. That's socialism. Forced obedience. Starvation. Mine is a face of freedom. My skin is not white. I'm not outrageous, racist or socialist. I'm a Republican," she continues.
Instead of addressing the merit of Heng's ad, Ocastio-Cortez played the race card.
"Republicans are running TV ads setting pictures of me on fire to convince people they aren't racist," tweeted the freshman lawmaker, adding "Life is weird!"