On Monday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, angered that President Trump had some fun at her expense as he mocked her “Green New Deal” at a rally in El Paso, Texas, sniped at the president on Twitter, claiming he couldn’t “read briefings written in full sentences.”
Ocasio-Cortez bristled, "Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution. ('Reading the intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred "style of learning," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.' - @washingtonpost)."
Ocasio-Cortez’s outburst followed a moment in Trump’s speech where he joked about the juvenile nature of the “Green New Deal Proposal,” which was widely derided after its release as childishly conceived. Trump stated:
It sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark. It would shut down American energy which — I don’t think the people of Texas are going to be happy with that. (boos) It would shut down a little thing called air travel. How do you take a train to Europe? (laughter) You know, this crazy senator from Hawaii, they said, “Do you like it?” “Yes, I like it very much.” Oh really? How are we getting to Hawaii on a train? (laughter) She didn’t think about that one but she’s thinking about it. She’ll figure it out.
Trump was referencing a passage in the overview Ocasio-Cortez released regarding her “Green New Deal” in which it stated, “Totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high- speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”
As Daily Wire Editor-In-Chief Ben Shapiro commented:
Whoever wrote the proposal is, to put it kindly, dense. Idiotic. Moronic. Even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) found herself unable to pretend to take it seriously; she said she hadn’t seen it yet, but “it’s enthusiastic and I appreciate the enthusiasm.” This, not coincidentally, is precisely what I say when I find out that my 2-year-old son has used his magic markers on his bedroom wall.
Ocasio-Cortez’s reference to The Washington Post, derived from a February 2018 article in the Post, was a cheat, as she left out two words from the Post’s statement. The Post wrote, “Reading the traditionally dense intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred ‘style of learning,’ according to a person with knowledge of the situation.” Ocasio-Cortez left out “traditionally dense.”
Ocasio-Cortez also left out what followed in the Post’s report:
Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement that “any notion that President Trump is not fully engaged in the PDB or does not read the briefing materials is pure fiction and is clearly not based on firsthand knowledge of the process.”
And also this: “Neither Obama nor Bush reviewed the briefing book every day, and at times they skipped a session, especially when traveling.”
But, as Ocasio-Cortez once famously said, "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. I think that there's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right."
Video of Trump below: