It’s a rare feat to see a politician so self-assured, yet so poorly informed — and that’s saying a lot.
About the only thing that trumps Rep. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez’s confidence in herself is her ignorance of the world around her, and her liberal media fan club can’t get enough of either of these traits as seen in an MSNBC feature on the democratic socialist from New York.
But as is her habit, Ocasio-Cortez mangled the facts when she said Congress amended the Constitution to prevent Franklin D. Roosevelt from being re-elected — the Dem-socialist darling doesn’t seem to grasp that FDR died in office in 1945, and the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms was passed in 1947.
“When our party was boldest, the time of the New Deal, the Great Society, the Civil Rights Act and so on, we had, and carried, supermajorities in the House [and] in the Senate. We carried the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez said in the Friday broadcast.
“They had to amend the constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected,” she claimed. “There were so many extraordinary things that were happening at that time that were uniting working people.”
Having a little fun, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Utah, responded to the botched account of history with a joke.
“We knew the Democrats let dead people vote. According to
@AOC, they can run for President, too,” Cheney tweeted.
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) March 31, 2019
The joke fell flat on the thin-skinned Bronx Bolshevik, who simply cannot admit that she got it wrong.
In an attempt to set Cheney right, Ocasio-Cortez linked to a piece from Newsweek, a far-left publication/ally, that offered a sea of nuance to run cover for the Democratic lawmaker, noting that the effort to amend the Constitution was “inspired” by FDR and began when he was still alive — Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented four terms, dying in 1945, a few months into his final term.
Hey Rep. Cheney,
I see from your dead people comment that you get your news from Facebook memes, but the National Constitution Center + Newsweek are just two of many places where you can clarify your misunderstanding of the history of the 22nd Amendment: https://t.co/Je6mHFJ687 https://t.co/np1XtgLpm1
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 1, 2019
Trouble is, Ocasio-Cortez’s words were clear: “They had to amend the constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected.”
Ocasio-Cortez is the epitome of someone talking to hear yourself talk, but in having so much misplaced confidence in herself, she’s incapable of acknowledging fault.
When she does blow it, which occurs often, she self-righteously declares that it’s more important to be “morally right” than it is to be “factually correct.”
Yet, this flies with the Democratic Party’s low-information base… here’s a sampling of responses to AOC’s blunder from Twitter:
Just take the L, AOC. We all make mistakes, but lying only makes them worse. The National Constitution Center article is from last year & doesn’t buttress your claim at all (did you read it?); Newsweek has since updated it’s post to note that you’re wrong.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 1, 2019
— Angie Douglas (@AngieKay05) April 1, 2019
Take the pic.twitter.com/6Hepoxtv4P
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) April 1, 2019
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) April 1, 2019
I read through the replies to AOC’s tweet and it made me sad. They actually thought her response was brilliant.
— Lee Vollrath (@VollrathLee) April 1, 2019
Incredible. AOC says something false. Instead of correcting her, the media moves the goal posts to pretend she said something true.
Then she cites those outlets to justify her false statement. https://t.co/VejxIMu8Qk
— AG (@AGHamilton29) April 1, 2019
It’s almost as if they have a different agenda than the truth…?
— Mister Gendering (@NorthstarATL) April 1, 2019
As for Newsweek running cover, this was easily dismissed with astute analysis:
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