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AOC, Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy spar over anti-union tweet

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Fiery left-wing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy tangled on Twitter Tuesday over organized labor in a clash of the social-media titans.

“Hey @aoc welcome to thunder dome,” Portnoy, a well-known right-leaning agitator, challenged the New York congresswoman. “Debate me.”

Portnoy threw down the gauntlet after AOC injected herself into a battle Portnoy was waging on another front over the recent formation of a union by workers at The Ringer, a sports site in competition with Barstool Sports.

“Heard @ringer employees want to unionize. Little refresher how I feel about unions,” wrote Portnoy on Monday.

“If you work for Barstool and want to have a private chat about the unionization process, how little power your boss has to stop you, and how you can leverage that power to make your life better: my DMs are open,” responded journalist Rafi Letzter.

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Portnoy fired back on Tuesday, “If you work for @barstoolsports and DM this man I will fire you on the spot.”

It was at that point that famously far-left Ocasio-Cortez dove into the fray.

“If you’re a boss tweeting firing threats to employees trying to unionize, you are likely breaking the law &can be sued,in your words, ‘on the spot,’” wrote the Capitol Hill freshman. “ALL workers in the US have the protected freedom to organize for better conditions.”

Barstool’s editor-in-chief, Keith Markovich, weighed in from the sidelines, tweeting, “AOC from the top rope!”

Portnoy, known along with his site for his bro-bait antics, then fired off his challenge to AOC.

She did not immediately respond to Portnoy directly, but doubled down in a follow-up tweet, writing, “Bosses don’t wield all the power. Workers have plenty — yet many don’t know it!”

Portnoy’s outlet didn’t shy away from the spat, billing it “AOC vs. Dave ‘The Union Crusher’ Portnoy’” in a write-up.

“Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs. El Presidente, the fight you never knew how badly you needed it until it was right in front of your face,” read the piece, using one of Portnoy’s many monikers. “Schedule the debate!”



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Manchester United Players Targeted With Racial Abuse by City Fans

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MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United players were targeted with racist abuse and had objects thrown at them by Manchester City fans during Saturday’s derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Kick It Out, a British anti-racism watchdog, said it had been “inundated with reports of alleged racist abuse from a number of individuals” at the game, which Manchester United won, 2-1.

One incident appeared to be captured on video in the second half when a fan seemed to mimic monkey gestures in front of United’s Fred and Jesse Lingard as a corner kick was about to be taken.

“Not even this idiot can ruin tonight’s feeling, shameful behaviour,” Lingard wrote on Twitter in a quote tweet of the video of the incident. “It may be the derby but there is never ever a reason to be racist!”

Objects, including coins and lighters, were also thrown and Fred was seen holding his back.

“Unfortunately, this is happening in some stadiums,” Fred, a Brazilian midfielder, told ESPN. “It happened here, it happened in Ukraine with some friends. It’s sad, but we have to keep our heads up and forget about that. We can’t give them any attention because that’s all they want. I spoke to the referee after the match, they will do something about it and that’s all.”

United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was angry amid the fallout from racism in a high-profile game.

“I’ve seen it on the video,” he said. “Fred and Jesse in the corner taking coins from the City fans first of all, so they’ve got to go away. And then there’s this not-so-intelligent fella chanting racist abuse towards my two players and I hope City and the authorities will deal with it, because he shouldn’t be watching football again. Not live, anyway.”

Manchester City said it was working with police to identify any perpetrators of racist abuse.



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