At this point in the game, it would be more surprising to hear something sensible come out of the mouth of the young, braindead demagogue Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez than it would be to see her flub yet another basic test of her fitness for office. So it was with no shock whatsoever that we watched her interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday, during which the youngest congresswoman in history not only defended herself against critics but actually went so far as to position her inability to tell the truth as a mark in the plus column. We suppose there’s something to be said for playing to your strengths, but we never thought we’d see things devolve to this level.
“One of the criticisms of you is that your math is fuzzy,” said Cooper, putting it in about as gentle of a way as you possibly could. “The Washington Post recently awarded you four Pinocchios—”
“Oh my goodness,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
“—for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending?” he continued.
Before we get into Ocasio-Cortez’s answer, let’s take a moment to acknowledge that you have to tell one whopper of a lie as a liberal to get the Washington Post fact checker on your case. Hell, we’re surprised that Glenn Kessler over there at the Post even had time to notice AOC’s ridiculous comments about the Pentagon budget in between his furious parsings of every offhand remark President Trump makes. Second, if you go take a look at that article, it is as much about Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning ignorance about budgetary spending as it is about anything else. She didn’t “misstate,” though, she lied, because she was corrected multiple times without bothering to correct the record herself.
On to her answer:
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” she said. “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
No, no. This isn’t like her flubbing a line and saying there are two “chambers” of government or whatever it was she said. This is about repeated, wildly incorrect statements that have no basis in the truth.
“But being factually correct is important,” Cooper said.
“It’s absolutely important,” AOC replied. “And whenever I make a mistake. I say, ‘Okay, this was clumsy.’ and then I restate what my point was. But it’s— it’s not the same thing as— as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing, at all.”
But hey, mentioning Trump and immigrants, what an excellent way to change the subject!
Frankly, we’re starting to grow concerned that all of this intense focus on Ocasio-Cortez from the right is having an unfortunate backfire effect that we could all come to seriously regret. But when this woman is riding a rocket ship to political stardom and that ship is fueled with dangerous socialist ideas, lies, and abject ignorance, it has to be pointed out.