Democratic socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced intense backlash on Tuesday after she decided to politicize Christmas by making false claims about Jesus.
“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)”
Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that Jesus was a refugee baby in a manger is categorically false, as Fox News‘ Samuel Chamberlain explains:
Mary and Joseph are not depicted as refugees in the Nativity story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph brings the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem so that he may enroll in a census ordered by the Roman emperor Agustus. The couple are forced to take shelter in the stable where Jesus is born due to a lack of room at the inn.
The 29-year-old bartender turned far-left politician was mocked and criticized for not only making false claims about Jesus in order to score political points but also her willingness to politicize Christmas.
After getting hammered on social media, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out one of the first articles that appeared on Google that she thought validated her claim:
Ocasio-Cortez did not realize that the article that she tweeted out actually refuted her claim that Jesus was a refugee in a manger, i.e. at birth, as it spoke about the story of the “Flight into Egypt.”
“However, in the Gospel of Matthew, Mary and Joseph flee into Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea orders the murder of every boy aged two and under in Bethlehem after the Magi ask him where to find the newborn ‘King of the Jews,'” Fox News added. “The Holy Family escape the slaughter and are told by an angel to return to Israel once Herod is dead.”