In an embarrassing gaffe, newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is now claiming that a “draft” of her proposal which she published on her website, that called for eliminating airlines, and paying people “unwilling” to work, was a “Republican hoax” somehow planted on her website.
Ocasio-Cortez called out an obvious “satirical” version, that was spread by Conservative funny man Mark Dice, as the work of Republicans as well.
When your #GreenNewDeal legislation is so strong that the GOP has to resort to circulating false versions, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway https://t.co/BbHIn8cu0f
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 8, 2019
But this does not explain her accusation regarding her original “draft,” which has now been removed from her website.
This is a total lie by a Media Matters researcher. The whole organization is a dumpster fire. The unwilling to work line was in the document.
Here is the original document:https://t.co/ggNX7P3Wub
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 9, 2019Loading...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doubling down on her lie about the initial #GreenNewDeal FAQ page featured on her website because Democrats have created media safeguards to propagate this type of blatant lying to the public. The American people mustn’t allow her to get away with it.
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) February 9, 2019
On Feb. 5, the congressional office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a new blog entry under “energy issues” detailing her “Green New Deal” proposal and answering “frequently asked questions.”
The page, announcing an 8:30 a.m. launch on Feb. 7, is now gone, and a top adviser suggested Friday it was actually authored and distributed by the GOP.
By the afternoon of Feb. 7, Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., removed the document from her website without explanation but following backlash and even ridicule over the radical plans outlined within it, including a call to “eliminate emissions from cows or air travel” — which would functionally ban the latter — and to provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
The document vanished just hours after Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., formally unveiled a “Green New Deal” resolution that has so far attracted 67 Democratic co-sponsors in the House. It’s a nonbinding measure that is less detailed than the now-deleted FAQ document but calls for a complete and speedy overhaul of the nation’s energy, transportation, and farming sectors in order to eliminate carbon emissions in the coming decades.
The communications staff has so far not responded to an inquiry about the now-missing blog post.
But on Saturday morning, chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the FAQ page was indeed posted by the Ocasio-Cortez staff but was done so in error. He called the page “an early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake (idea was to wait for launch, monitor q’s, and rewrite that FAQ before publishing).”
Ocasio-Cortez later Saturday admitted the same, tweeting at a Washington Post reporter, “There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there.”
A policy adviser to Ocasio-Cortez, though, told Fox News Friday night that the claims were some kind of hoax perpetuated by Republicans.
Robert Hockett, professor of law and finance at Cornell University, appearing on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” called the contents of the now-missing blog post “some kind of document that somebody other than us has been circulating.”
Hockett said Ocasio-Cortez does not endorse the idea of paying people “unwilling to work” and does not want to ban airplane travel.
He said Ocasio-Cortez “tweeted it out to laugh at it.”
He added, “It seems apparently some Republicans have put it out there.”
Hockett may have been referring to the Ocasio-Cortez Friday tweet of a doctored version of the blog post by frequent tweeter and humorist David Burge and others that called for recycling urine to conserve water.
“When your #GreenNewDeal legislation is so strong that the GOP has to resort to circulating false versions, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez again referred to “doctored versions” in her Saturday tweet, though she did not address why the original post on her website, which initially said “we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast” and was apparently later updated to instead include the emissions language, was edited and removed.
Chakrabarti tweeted a link Saturday to the green economy group New Consensus, which has authored an “explainer” of the Green New deal. “Don’t worry,” New Consensus tweeted. “Policy deets are coming.”
This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled their roadmap for an ambitious progressive policy proposal known as the Green New Deal.
But the “FAQ” talking points differed in some key ways from the resolution.
The line appeared to suggest that the Green New Deal, which aims to fight climate change, spur economic growth, and improve social welfare, would include universal basic income (UBI).
“‘Green New Deal’ suggests welfare for those ‘unwilling to work.’ Is that a mistake?” The Daily Caller’s headline read.
Later on Thursday, the talking points were deleted off of Ocasio-Cortez’s site.
Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, called the document “bad copy,” suggesting it was mistakenly put out by his office.