29-year-old freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has had her share of bloopers and gaffes since arriving on the national political scene.
The attractive, enthusiastic New Yorker proves that she has a habit of sometimes speaking before thinking; and her latest flub is proof positive!
But instead of accepting that she got it wrong, she comes up with a kooky conspiracy theory about being the victim of a ‘doctored’ interview.
The energetic soon-to-be-NY Rep appeared on PBS’s 'Firing Line' with interviewer Margaret Hoover. The topic rolled around to Israel and, boy, did AOC jump in with both feet! Take a look:
“Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks Israel, calls them the occupiers of Palestine.
“When pressed on what she meant she struggled to give an answer and then admitted she does not know what she is talking about.”
But, wait! This was all in July of last year, long before she won her House seat in the November election. She was just an up-and-coming young politician with great promise for the Left, and she was doing interviews right and left to try to get her name out there.
Unfortunately, she also got something else out there, that she is now trying to claim is a product of unnamed malicious actors who ‘doctored’ her interview to make her sound worse than she really did.
Here is the original interview, focusing on the segment about her ‘occupation of Palestine’ comment. In it, AOC really steps in it when using that term and was called on it by interviewer Margaret Hoover.
Finding herself unable to back-pedal adequately, Ocasio-Cortez blathered on with some generic talking points, giving proof positive that, she had NO idea what she was even talking about.
Then in a surprise move, even for a rookie, she owned up to ‘not being an expert.’ But that didn’t stop her from prattling on about it, did it?
Hoover: “You use the term, ‘the occupation of Palestine.?’ What did you mean by that?”
Ocasio-Cortez stammered around for a bit then responded:
“Oh, uh. I think what I meant is like the settlements that are increasing in some of these areas, in places where, um, where Palestinians are experiencing the, uh, difficulty in access to their housing and homes.” What??
Hoover: “Do you think you can expand on that?”
Ocasio-Cortez: “Yeah. I think I’d also just, I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue… “I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these — for me, I just look at things through a human-rights lens, and I may not use the right words. I know this is a very intense issue.”
Fast forward to January 2019. AOC was appearing on The Intercept’s podcast when she referenced that July interview. Here’s where it gets interesting…
The Daily Caller reports, AOC claims that her interview on Firing Line “got doctored and then the doctored video was the one that ended up on Fox News and then like everyone just sees the doctored version instead of the actual exchange.”
Okay…So where’s the evidence, Alex? Actually, there isn’t any.
“Ocasio-Cortez did not back up that claim with any evidence and the reporters didn’t ask any follow-ups about it.” Anything to help the little lady out, eh?
What she may have been referencing was a satire posted on Twitter by Allie Beth Stuckey in which she created a mock-up of the original interview with hilarious edited-in questions by Stuckey as the interviewer. Funny stuff, but NEVER meant to be taken seriously. Watch, below:
“Enlightening & hard-hitting interview with Socialist “it girl” and fellow millennial, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
It looks to me as though Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’ words speak for themselves. She didn’t need to go so far as alleging someone ‘doctored’ her comments to make her look bad. I’d say she did a good enough job of that on her own, wouldn’t you?