Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has received intense backlash after an interview with PBS in which she made comments with anti-Semitic undertones that prompted even left-leaning pundits to express embarrassment over her remarks.
In an interview on PBS's "Firing Line" with host Margaret Hoover, Ocasio-Cortez called Israel the "occupiers" of Palestine and then fumbled over her words when pressed to explain herself.
After an stumbling attempt to explain her answer, the economics and international relations major eventually conceded that she did not know what she was talking about, saying that she was not "an expert."
Still, the backlash that she faced online was overwhelming and brutal, with tens of thousands of people responding to Ocasio-Cortez's disastrous interview. Below are some of the reactions:
"I can see Palestine from my house" except for real https://t.co/U8499XMFcH— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 16, 2018
Dear @Ocasio2018,— Rebecca (@dorothyofisrael) July 16, 2018
Keep my country’s name out of your mouth. Your ignorance re Israel and the Palestinian conflict is not bliss. All you’re doing is inciting against Israelis (Jews), while stuttering to make sense. Stay in your lane, and educate yourself, child. https://t.co/2RdZFkaxAt
This is devastating. Sad. Embarrassing. Hilarious. This is the kind of person rabid leftists are backing in favor of tenured incumbent Democrats. https://t.co/3Jrz1VNoBX— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) July 16, 2018
“What’s Aleppo?” https://t.co/ZCeZ5ugFoT— Randy Barnett (@RandyEBarnett) July 16, 2018
“Some people out there in our nation don't have maps and, uh, I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as.” https://t.co/aWNSw1Wzdv— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) July 16, 2018
A few weeks ago I made a comment in the wake of her upset victory that she needed to refine and clean up her language if she wanted to be taken seriously on the national stage.— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) July 16, 2018
This interview is what I feared. She needs to focus on details now. This is for real. https://t.co/Hu3Z6uAwMf
“I don’t know what I’m talking about, but I’m going to project vile anti-Semitism because I’ve been programmed to do so anyway.”— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) July 16, 2018
Not a good look here. https://t.co/o96oOLQpLm
That time when Sasha Baron Cohen wasn’t even necessary. https://t.co/nJnYSi05DQ— Aaron Levine (@AaronQ13Fox) July 16, 2018
I don't know this woman's politics, and I no longer live in the US. Her ignorance of the conflict does not keep her declaring who is right and who is wrong. This is indicative of most people who speak about Israel/Palestinian conflict. Utterly decisive in their utter ignorance. https://t.co/Qpr8Rq9FXT— Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll (@skjask) July 16, 2018
Waiting to see if/how media outlets cover this. Will they treat her like they treated Palin after the Couric interview? Will this bad interview be the 1st thing she’s asked about for many interviews to come? Or will they ignore it & continue to praise her like the next big thing? https://t.co/VF8MyrvDTf— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) July 16, 2018
"I don't know what's going on in the Middle East. But I know it's Israel's fault." https://t.co/5hs3E1pzxv— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 16, 2018
She should say she took an Ambien before this interview. https://t.co/9NgSdNzUk6— Austen Fletcher (@fleccas) July 16, 2018
And that would be why there are stories about her lipstick brand instead of deep dives into her policy ideas https://t.co/L0PiRml3m5— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 16, 2018
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is like a real-life version of one of those movies where a child swaps bodies with an adult and they are trying their best to sound like an adult... https://t.co/wbWMhdtFiM— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) July 16, 2018
When you suddenly realize when running for Congress you need to do more research than reading leftist FB headlines. https://t.co/Yyt0LmsKQB— Chris Manning (@Manning4USCong) July 16, 2018
Could be the new definition for “airhead.”— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) July 16, 2018
If she is the great hope of the Democrats, we are GOLDEN. https://t.co/jCVdF45ydp
If she were at a beauty pageant stumbling like this over some conservative platitude about the flag this would be viral fodder for every late night show. https://t.co/8gsEeq6KkP— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) July 16, 2018
Breaking: Safe to say the threat of Democratic Socialists coming to power remains low if this is what passes for the best they have to offer. https://t.co/5H83kVipDv— Chris Barron (@ChrisRBarron) July 16, 2018
Amazing what happens when journalists ask policy questions instead of hyperventilating over lipstick color https://t.co/A5NKoFoRfY— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 16, 2018
This is brutal https://t.co/9IDSSXzlFF— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) July 16, 2018
It’s pretty obvious, especially at the end of this clip, that this young socialist is not close to being adept re: what she was asked. She apparently just hates the concept of Israel being a sovereign nation. https://t.co/WjUJKZgnHS— Pastor Steve Gaines (@bellevuepastor) July 17, 2018
Please. Please...let’s get some smart people speaking for the left. What is this? https://t.co/SLO1R855cC— Dillon Casey (@DillonCasey) July 16, 2018
Democrats have moved so far left that the DNC Chair recently called her “the future of our party”… https://t.co/6nm2uMm58D— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) July 16, 2018
That was rough. Where is this “occupation of Palestine” she speaks of?July 16, 2018
Ahhhh the perfect Democrat! Beauty and no brains. She will definitely get elected. No way this girl is from The Bronx! Too stupid. https://t.co/44gVd0PQYI— Stacey Dash (@staceydash) July 16, 2018
She may actually manage to lose the unloseable election in November. https://t.co/yhWQjJxkcp— Robert Shrum (@BobShrum) July 16, 2018
The “occupation of Palestine”?!Please stop with the defense of she’s young and inexperienced. A 15 year is more aware of Israel than this 28 year old. Or even anyone with the capacity to Google. https://t.co/a9g8Ib8d8a— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) July 16, 2018
Wow, this is like a reverse Jordan Peterson / Cathy Newman moment. It’s that bad.— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 16, 2018
When will the rational, centrist Democrats stand up and not let the party be taken over be socialist, leftist ideologues? https://t.co/UwMDZxOEbT
This has to be an SNL skit, correct? https://t.co/PtL86c5Y8O— Sean Salisbury (@SeanUnfiltered) July 16, 2018
Poor girl. Was hardly able to hold her own in an edited interview. https://t.co/609SkkDcfO— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 16, 2018
Almost like an Aleppo moment... wait, exactly like an Aleppo, only she is discussing the most well known conflict in the modern world, not an obscure city.— Dave Bishop for Congress (@Bishop4House) July 16, 2018
We should help the Iraq.— Ryan Maue | weathermodels.com (@RyanMaue) July 16, 2018
Give them maps.
"Such as the Iraq, Everywhere, Like, Such As.."
Miss Teen South Carolina 2007 cringeworthy.
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