Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) appeared to have a narrative she wanted to push through at a House hearing with the FBI, and she was going to push it through no matter whether or not it fell anywhere within the realm of truth.
What was the narrative? Muslim criminals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, but white neo-Nazis “are getting off the hook.”
Ocasio-Cortez was lobbing accusations at FBI Assistant Director Michael McGarrity on Tuesday, according to ABC News. The counterterrorism official seemed confused at first by her questions because they displayed so much ignorance of how things actually work.
One point she seemed to be trying to make is that Muslims get charged as terrorists while white supremacists are simply hate crime perpetrators. In fact, in a follow-up tweet, she went as far as to say that “neo-Nazis are getting off the hook” as if they were being let free simply for being white.
She also tried to say that Muslims are being charged as “foreign terrorists” just because they’re Muslim. McGarrity corrected her, explaining that people in America who are connected to and act on behalf of a foreign terrorist group are charged with foreign terrorism charges.
“Is white supremacy not a global issue?” Ocasio-Cortez also asked.
“It is a global issue,” the FBI’s assistant director agreed.
“So why are they not charged with foreign terrorism?” she demanded.
If trying to figure out the logic with that one hurts your head, you’re not alone.
ABC News even tore her argument apart, explaining that AOC was trying to conflate two completely different things.
Ocasio-Cortez was hit with a tsunami of responses from her argument with the FBI and her follow-up tweet, especially from conservative commentator Ryan Saavedra.