Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ Green New Deal, released last week, came across as completely outlandish to many Americans because of the vast, fundamental, and impossible changes she proposed for America.
The Democratic congresswoman from New York shot back at her critics by claiming that some of the outlandish claims were in “doctored” versions of her resolution, and thus people should pay them no mind.
The only problem with her claim is that it’s apparently not true.
The overview and FAQ attached to Ocasio-Cortez’s new plan included getting rid of airplanes “farting cows,” ending the use of fossil fuels and nuclear power, upgrading or replacing every building in America that’s not determined green enough, eliminating greenhouse gas emission from all industries, and providing “free job training and education to all,” among many of the massive proposals.
On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez specifically zeroed in on a plan to provide “economic security” to anyone “unwilling” to work. She claimed it was only included in “doctored” versions of the resolution’s overview.
“There are multiple doctored GND resolutions and FAQs floating around,” she wrote on Twitter. “There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there.”
The Washington Post fact-checked her claim of doctoring and found it to be false. They pointed out that the documents that mentioned paying people “unwilling” to work and getting rid of planes and cows came straight from her official website — but were later deleted.
The Hill scolded the Post for simply calling Ocasio-Cortez’ false claim “misleading” instead of awarding it their typical “Pinocchios” designation.
As for the overview and FAQ merely being drafts that weren’t supposed to be released, that was something that was suspected by many of her critics due to the fact that some of the most outrageous plans contained in them are not included in the full resolution https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-resolution/109.
But the fact that they were even included in a draft simply proved to the congresswoman’s critics that those crazy ideas were in her head to start with.
The Washington Post also fact-checked President Trump’s response to Ocasio-Cortez Green New Deal, insisting that he took the details of her resolution too seriously. The Post claimed Trump was misrepresenting her plan even though what he predicted would happen was simply the natural conclusion of her proposals.
Trump had tweeted sarcastically: “I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called ‘Carbon Footprint’ to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military — even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!”