Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) railed against the media on Tuesday about how they reported comments that she made last night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” suggesting that she was a victim of racial and gender discrimination in the process.
“Now, congresswoman, for you and other freshman members of Congress, you’re getting a fair amount of pushback from even members of your own party saying ‘wait your turn, go slow, don’t ask for so much so fast right now, you’re new, wait your turn for everything and don’t make waves,'” Colbert said.
“I want to ask this question in a respectful manner, knowing also that you’re from Queens, so you will understand this question,” Colbert continued. “On a scale from zero to some, how many f***s do you give?”
“I think it’s zero,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
When multiple news outlets reported on the exchange, reporting it as the young representative saying she gives “zero f***s,” she took to Twitter to blast the outlets for “misattribution” and pushing a “false quote.”
Ocasio-Cortez launched into her complaint against media outlets by ascribing the “misattribution” to sexist and racist stereotypes about “brown women cursing.”
“I actually didn’t say this, so while I know ‘brown women cursing’ drives clicks, maybe you accurately quote the whole exchange instead of manipulating people into thinking I said this sentence instead of just the word ‘zero,'” Ocasio-Cortez said.
She specifically called out Politico over the issue, suggesting that the outlet frequently traffics in such stereotypical “manipul[ation].”
“In a shock to no one, @politico is also running with the misattribution as well,” she tweeted. “Here’s what actually happened: I was asked a question on a late-night show and answered with the word ‘zero.'”
She also slammed the New York Post for pushing the “false quote,” which she said is an example of how “news hysteria” begins.
“And here’s the @nypost not only running with the false quote, but adding an angry photo to boot: This is how news hysteria develops out of nothing at all,” Ocasio-Cortez again falsely claimed.
Ocasio-Cortez recently garnered national headlines after she claimed without evidence that the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.
The 29-year-old bartender turned socialist politician also recently embraced the anti-Semitic Women’s March after the Democratic National Committee (DNC), leftist groups, and top Democratic lawmakers abandoned the group over its anti-Semitism.