Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) promoted completely false attacks on CPAC on Tuesday in an attempt to divert attention off of the continued anti-Semitism scandal that has engulfed fellow far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
“Amid the string of anti-Semitic statements, House Democrats are now planning on formally rebuking Omar (though they may not end up actually naming her in the rebuke), which has triggered Omar’s fellow freshman and radical Democrat Ocasio-Cortez to come to her defense,” The Daily Wire reported. “The plan to call out Omar, Ocasio-Cortez suggested in tweets Tuesday, is ‘hurtful’ because such reprimands supposedly aren’t consistently brought for other offenses against minorities.”
Later, Ocasio-Cortez launched a misinformation campaign that was filled with outright falsehoods, which she refused to correct.
Ocasio-Cortez promoted misleading content that featured Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaking at an event in 2015.
“‘I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end these Muslims before they [unintelligible],'” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, as she falsely quoted what Falwell said. “This was just this weekend at CPAC, the conference attended by the President and members, to 1000s. Where’s the resolution against Islamophobia?”
This entire tweet from Ocasio-Cortez is factually false and the fact that she refused to take it down after receiving intense backlash is an indictment of her character.
For starters, the tweet that she was promoting conveniently left out the minute or so of footage that preceded the clip that was featured in the tweet.
Falwell was specifically talking about the San Bernardino terrorist attacks which happened just a couple of days before he made the comments. Here is the full context of Falwell’s remarks in 2015 for the clip in question:
I wanted to mention last night Becky and were watching the Fox News reports on the shootings in California and we were so touched by Mike Madden, the first responder, did anybody see that last night? He was the police officer who was the first responder to the terrible murders at the community center there and he told a story about no matter how well you’re prepared in your training for to deal with something like that, that there’s just no way when you when you walk in and you see the carnage and you smell the smell of gunpowder and it’s just something that you can never be prepared for.
So we contacted his family or his office after that report to see if he had any sons or daughters who were looking for place to attend college we offered to help with the scholarships. We also are trying to contact the victim who had six children who was killed in that in that carnage and it just blows my mind when I see the President of the United States say that the answer to circumstances like that is more gun control.
I mean if the people, if some of those people in that community center have had what I’ve got in my back pocket right now…I’ve always thought if more if more good people had concealed carry permits then we could end those Muslims before they walked in and killed them.
Ocasio-Cortez said that Falwell stated: “I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end these Muslims before they [unintelligible].”
She inserted “[unintelligible]” in her quote to substitute for “walked in and killed them,” which gave complete context to what Falwell said.
Not only did Ocasio-Cortez deceptively present what Falwell said, she falsely stated that he made the remarks at CPAC over the weekend. The video is from 2015, four years ago.
Ocasio-Cortez suggested that there should be a resolution against Islamophobia due to Falwell’s remarks, even though he is not an elected official, because Omar was being condemned again for her anti-Semitism.
Falwell responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s false tweet: “I thought @AOC was just dumb but she is a liar too. She claims this was @CPAC last week when it was actually in 2015 the day after the deadly CA attacks by radical Muslims (‘those’ Muslims I referenced) She also deleted the last part of my quote ‘before they walk in and kill us’.”
Here are just some of the responses that Ocasio-Cortez’s comments garnered on social media: