Avowed socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made a lot of bold statements about her plans for widespread, fundamental changes to the United States of America. But there’s one question that people keep nagging her about when it comes to her plans for universal health care, free college tuition, a federal jobs guarantee with a living wage, and 100% dependence on renewable sources of energy:
Who is going to pay for all it?
Her ideas have ranged from making massive tax hikes to printing money to creating publicly owned banks to loan more money. She has also claimed that her “Medicare for All” program could have easily been paid for by the $21 trillion that the Pentagon allegedly wasted.
In an interview on CNN’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, host Anderson Cooper pointed out that the Washington Post had awarded her “four Pinocchios” for her falsehoods regarding the missing Pentagon money. To that, Ocasio-Cortez gave a stunning response.
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” she explained. “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
Cooper couldn’t let that one slip past and countered, “But being factually correct is important.”
“It’s absolutely important,” she replied. “And whenever I make a mistake. I say, ‘Okay, this was clumsy,’ and then I restate what my point was. But it’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing at all.”
The Post pointed out that the $21 trillion in Pentagon money that “could not be traced, documented, or explained” probably wasn’t wasted but was rather sloppily accounted for, as stated in the study Ocasio-Cortez cited.
But they added, “What might be most problematic about Ocasio-Cortez’s defense, though, is the idea that people should care less about specific facts and more about being ‘morally right’ — as if this is a zero-sum game in which the two can be weighed against one another.”
“She’s practically saying, ‘Well, maybe I was wrong, but at least my cause is just,’” the Post concluded.
Cooper also asked her about the time she appeared to threaten Donald Trump Jr. with legal action.
Ocasio-Cortez replied, laughing, “Well, if he felt genuinely threatened by me, I apologize. But I think that, frankly, it’s legal advice that any person would give.”