The men, who are wearing ‘Team Mitch’ t-shirts, pose for the camera. One of the men has his hand around the cutout’s waist and simulates a kiss on the cheek.

Another man cups his hand and reaches for the throat as if to simulate choking…

Ocasio-Cortez responded to the image on Monday, tweeting: ‘Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you.

‘Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping and choking members of Congress with your payroll, or is this just the standard culture of Team Mitch?

‘Thanks.’