Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said during a much-maligned interview on Sunday night that people are too concerned with being “precisely” and “factually” accurate on issues, which led to widespread condemnation.
The 29-year-old bartender turned socialist politician made the remarks in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.”
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez said after Cooper highlighted how The Washington Post has repeatedly called out her false claims. “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion that the fact checkers are just blowing up “one figure here or one word there,” is not accurate. She has repeatedly shown a lack of understanding on many important issues, including how she plans to pay for the $40 trillion in far-left big government programs she supports, which she failed to answer during the interview.
Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler weighed in on her comment, writing: “Sorry, not the right answer.”
Multiple other observers criticized her comments, with few coming to her defense:
Ocasio-Cortez has made several false claims and accusations since her rise to fame, and added more during the interview. At one point, she claimed without evidence that Fox News was advocating for and defending human rights violations.
At the end of last week, she falsely claimed that Republicans thought she was “scandalous” for dancing and that the Republican Party thinks that fun should be “illegal.”