Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez got caught red-handed Tuesday spreading fake news by claiming that an evangelical Christian leader wanted to shoot all Muslims.
“‘I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end these Muslims before they [unintelligible],’” she quoted Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. “This was just this weekend at CPAC, the conference attended by the President and members, to 1000s.”
“Where’s the resolution against Islamophobia?” she asked the nation on Twitter.
But her followers quickly pointed out some glaring falsehoods about her statement.
One, the video clip she shared clearly shows that the video was taken at Liberty University in Virginia, not at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that just concluded in Maryland. The video clip itself has the words “Liberty University” plastered all over it, bringing into question whether or not Ocasio-Cortez even watched it before sharing it and accusing Falwell of being a hateful, racist potential murderer.
Two, the video is from over three years ago, and a longer clip clearly shows that Falwell was referring to the San Bernardino massacre on Dec. 2, 2015, when two radical Islamic terrorists shot up a government building, killing 14 people and seriously injuring 22 more before police caught up to them.
Three, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the last part of what he said was unintelligible, but he clearly says “before they walk in and kill us” after saying “‘I always thought that if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end these Muslims before they…” He was clearly referencing the two terrorists, not all Muslims.
After having his character assassinated by Ocasio-Cortez, Falwell himself responded on Twitter, writing, “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.’”
The young congresswoman appears to have taken her conclusion directly from a tweet by the liberal activist Bishop Talbert Swan without verifying any details herself.
Swan also claimed that Falwell “threatened to shoot @AOC if she tried to ‘take his cows’ during #CPAC.”
But Falwell simply followed up a conversation about his gun hobby with a conversation about raising cows and how Ocasio-Cortez had better not take his cows away under the Green New Deal. He never said he was going to shoot her if she tried.
Swan himself got the information for his tweet from the liberal LGBT Twitter account RiotWomenn.
With her 3.4 million Twitter followers, though, Ocasio-Cortez was the one to spread the false claims far and wide. And she got hit with a backlash from her followers.