Are you smarter than a 5th grader? It’s easy to laugh when adults flub up easy questions on the reality TV show of that name, but what if it’s an incoming congresswoman messing up an answer — twice — on one of the most basic questions about our U.S. government?
That gets a little more worrying than funny.
In a video message to her supporters Sunday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won a U.S. congressional seat to represent New York’s 14th district, laid out her plan for Democrats to recapture power in 2020.
"If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress…” the 29-year-old began.
Then she realized her mistake.
“Uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House in 2020, we can’t start working in 2020," she corrected herself, getting it wrong again.
Take a look:
Not surprisingly, her double-flub drew a massive amount of ridicule.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t appreciate the laughter and shot back on Twitter, “Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-tomd, they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make: that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare.”
But it’s not the slip-ups she makes that get her the most criticism, though, but rather the fundamental changes she constantly pushes for in America, like government-funded health care, free college tuition, and 100% dependence on energy from inefficient renewable resources in America by 2035.
In a CNN interview with a concerned-looking Jake Tapper, Ocasio-Cortez tried to explain — and completely failed — how she plans to have America pay the $40 trillion needed to make her dreams a reality. And in a talk with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, she also gave an astounding answer on how she expects everyone to pay for it.
Also this weekend, Ocasio-Cortez asked on Twitter, “How is Columbus Day a holiday but Election Day not?”
After ignoring the fact that without explorers like Columbus, there wouldn’t be an America for her to represent, Ocasio-Cortez fought with people who ridiculed her for wanting to add yet another U.S. holiday. She proposed a “compromise”.
“I am willing to compromise by eliminating Columbus Day to give Election Day off. See? I can be pliant,” she said.
Except that most American workers don’t get Columbus Day off.