Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not backing down from her controversial remarks that Jesus Christ was a refugee.

On Christmas night, the New York socialist took to Twitter to share an image that mimicked religious iconography of Mary and Joseph with their son Jesus.

“True love is radical because it requires us to see ourselves in all people. Otherwise, it isn’t love. Love is revolutionary because it has us treat ALL people as we would ourselves – not because we are charitable, but because we are one. That is love’s radical inclusion,” she wrote.

She went on to imply that lax immigration policies represent “true love,” which is a thinly veiled shot at President Donald Trump and his administration.

The 29-year-old socialist appears to be suggesting that the Trump administration is betraying Christian principles through its immigration policy.

The picture used by Ocasio-Cortez came from Instagram user “kellylatimoreicons,” who claimed she created the artwork and detailed in a lengthy post her belief that Jesus is comparable to illegal aliens.

 

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A statement: Everyone. I want art to speak for itself. But……The recent events are horrible. I realize Trump has become “an idol of the tribe”. Meaning Trump; who he is, his administration, his rhetoric and policies are just the tip of the iceberg to the overwhelming division, injustice, violence, fear, and hate that is being perpetuated by those individuals we are most likely encountering in our everyday in our various communities. Without going into great detail, much of the inspiration for both of the refugee images came about while sitting around a campfire with a young man who “illegally” came into the united states. His stories about his journey through the desert and the reasons he was in the united states, about the fear and pain he carried, yet also all his hope, impacted me deeply. Immigration and the plight of refugees is a ongoing political ‘issue’. The icons I want to paint are the kind that will hopefully create dialogue and inspire us to ask questions to ourselves and to our neighbors. “Refugees: La Sagrada Familia” depicts the Holy Family in such a way that people have either resonated with the image or have been very triggered by it. I think both reactions are important. By transcending our biases, listening and having inner silence about our convictions, our inherited traditions, or our favorite ideas we can become open to the patterns of work, knowledge and experience we may not have seen in the other or buried in ourselves. We can see the people around us that are working through their own shit. We can see the journey of any refugee as not simply a political issue, or an issue at all, that we are talking about people,with names, faces and stories. They have something to teach us about what we know, about who God is, the world we live in and who are our neighbors. This is the real work of being human and of art. Being more present. Go be present. Kelly #refugee #immigration #iconography #borderwall #trump #mexicocaravan

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In her post, Kelly Latimore defends her artwork by trashing Trump and his immigration policies.

“The recent events are horrible. I realize Trump has become ‘an idol of the tribe’. Meaning Trump; who he is, his administration, his rhetoric and policies are just the tip of the iceberg to the overwhelming division, injustice, violence, fear, and hate that is being perpetuated by those individuals we are most likely encountering in our everyday in our various communities,” she wrote.

“Without going into great detail, much of the inspiration for both of the refugee images came about while sitting around a campfire with a young man who ‘illegally’ came into the united states. His stories about his journey through the desert and the reasons he was in the united states, about the fear and pain he carried, yet also all his hope, impacted me deeply,” she added.

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Essentially, her artwork depicting Mary and Joseph as being comparable to illegal aliens spawned from her conversation with an illegal immigrant, who was illegally living in the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez shared a similar argument earlier this week, claiming on Christmas morning that Jesus was a “refugee.”

“Joy to the World! Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents,” she wrote.

https://twitter.com/Ocasio2018/status/1077599700595945472

She was referring to the biblical account of Jesus’ birth in a stable manger, but she completely botched the story.

As detailed in Luke 2: 1-6, Jesus wasn’t a “refugee.”

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

The Gospel of Matthew explicitly states that Mary and Joseph traveled to Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea ordered all boys under the age of two to be killed in Bethlehem.

When they got to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph registered for the census, meaning they immigrated legally and filed the necessary documentation.

As many have argued, that is in no way comparable to illegal aliens trekking through Mexico and attempting to illegally enter the United States.

Ocasio-Cortez doubling down on her refugee claim is just one of many embarrassing gaffes she she has had recently.