Politifact is at it again! The left-wing fact-checker purporting to be unbiased made a mockery of themselves (again) with their latest rating concerning socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Politifact, creating their best damage control for the freshman congresswoman, rated the claim that Ocasio-Cortez cried in front of an empty parking lot for a photo-op as “false” because it was, in fact, a “road” with some parked cars, not a parking lot, that the elected Democrat cried in front of.
We kid you not.
Here’s the full story: Last month, AOC was heavily mocked by folks across the political spectrum for “staging” a photo-op in front of a migrant detention center in Tornillo, Texas. In a series of photos posted by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, AOC, dressed to impress, is crying and holding her head in her hands in front of a chain-link fence while facing the camera. None of the photos show what she is presumably crying over.
“Before [AOC] hit the national stage & was just a fairly unknown House candidate [from] NYC, she took time [away from] her campaign & came [down] to #Tornillo to protest the #tentcity housing migrant children. I made these previously unpublished [photos] a [year] ago today,” posted Aguirre.
Before @AOC hit the national stage & was just a fairly unknown House candidate frm NYC,she took time awy frm her campaign & came dwn to #Tornillo to protest the #tentcity housing migrant children.I made these previously unpublished fotos a yr ago today. #elpaso #aoc #onassignment pic.twitter.com/SWyyI1XVt9
— Ivan Pierre Aguirre (@i_p_a_1) June 25, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez, seemingly under the impression this was a good look, quote-tweeted the images on her massive platform. “I’ll never forget this, because it was the moment I saw with my own eyes that the America I love was becoming a nation that steals refugee children from their parents, & caged them,” she wrote. “More kids died after this. To date, no one has been held accountable. We need to save these kids.”
The Internet was not on the same page, and it got worse from there for the 29-year-old. When more photos came to light, it appeared she was crying in front of an empty driveway area where cars were parked. There were no migrants in AOC’s view, it appeared. As one might imagine, the mockery of AOC then hit fever pitch.
But thank goodness for the likes of nonpartisan fact-checkers like Politifact to set us all straight.
“No, this isn’t a photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez crying over a parking lot,” reported Politifact.
“Photographers at the scene who took photos of Ocasio-Cortez say she was not facing a parking lot,” the fact-checker’s “ruling” said. “Rather she was just beyond the toll plaza for the Tornillo facility, and she standing on a road that led to the Tornillo tent complex, which was in the line of her gaze, as she stood at the fence. Pictures by other outlets also confirm the location.”
“We rate this claim False.”
Thank goodness that “fake news” is cleared up.