Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may get accused of fudging the numbers when it comes to defending her socialist economic dreams, but on Monday she appeared to tell one colossal fib in order to make President Trump look like a monster.
It started out with the Southern Poverty Law Center intentionally quoting only part of what Trump said in the Oval Office when someone asked him if he saw “white nationalism as a rising threat about the world.”
“I don’t really,” the SPLC quoted the president as saying.
But they left out the part where Trump followed that up with, “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”
Ocasio-Cortez shared the SPLC’s tweet and added: “White supremacists committed the largest # of extremist killings in 2017. What the President is saying here: ‘if you engage in violent acts of white supremacy, I will look the other way.’ Understand that this is deliberate. This is why we can’t afford to sit on the sidelines.”
The young congresswoman grossly concocted her own interpretation of what Trump said and then stuck it in quotes as if he had actually said it. And not only did she appear to fail to watch the whole video clip in the SPLC tweet and miss the full quote, she also appeared to miss the part where he said, “It’s certainly a terrible thing, a terrible thing.”
Ocasio-Cortez also seemed to have completely missed Trump’s previous condemnation of the New Zealand attack and his support for the Muslims who were the victims of it.
This is why so many people don’t take AOC seriously. Some of them reacted to her on Twitter:
People also pointed out that Ocasio-Cortez was trying to use iffy statistics about extremist violence in just America, whereas Trump was being asked about extremist violence in the entire world. White supremacists did not commit the largest number of extremist violence acts in the world in 2017.