| February 09, 2019 11:11 PM
A brash New Yorker with minimal political experience and a bevy of fame launched unprecedented attacks against the free press today. Not only did the politician send out a surrogate who flagrantly lied to the American people, the politician then went on Twitter for cathartic release, correcting journalists in what amounted to a public hissy fit.
But it wasn’t President Trump. It was Democratic fresh face Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
After getting dozens of Democratic lawmakers to endorse her “Green New Deal,” the freshman congresswoman began her day telling the media “I have no problem saying” that the “Green New Deal” requires massive government intervention and ended it with the assertion that “One way that the Right does try to mischaracterize what we’re doing as though it’s like some kind of massive government takeover.”
The original text linked to her initial NPR interview on the day of the “Green New Deal” launch noted that it includes “economic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work,” a surefire way to combat climate change which will end planet Earth in “like, 12 years” if we don’t do anything. Soon, legitimate reporters began to ask the socialist superstar about the nonexistent minutiae of the policy. They asked not only Ocasio-Cortez, but also the 2020 front-runner geniuses who endorsed the policy without ever even reading it. This scrutiny was not welcomed.
The congresswoman’s surrogate, Robert Hockett, went onto Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show and falsely said that the proposal — again, not an actual bill but as Philip Klein deems it, “a socialist Christmas list” — doesn’t pay those “unwilling” to work. Instead, Hockett claimed that the document with that phrase was the product of a vast right-wing conspiracy, a decoy planted by nefarious actors to deflect from the real proposal.
Instead of apologizing for her surrogate’s dishonesty and promising to be better, Ocasio-Cortez kept attacking her questioners. Responding to the Washington Post’s Jeff Stein, the Democratic Party’s newest shining star misled the public about the text from the “Green New Deal” FAQ on her official website.
“There are multiple doctored GND resolutions and FAQs floating around,” wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. “There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there.”
It’s as though she pulled the playbook directly from Trump Tower.
Step 1: Throw out a catchy slogan to prey on the paranoia of your base, in this case the “Green New Deal” instead of “And Mexico is going to pay for it!”
Step 2: Push the less shiny, attractive politicians in your party to bend the knee and march in lockstep with your moronic proposal.
Step 3: Lash out at the media when they call out the fact that your proposal isn’t grounded in economic reality.
It was a hackneyed and pathetic playbook three years ago, and it’s even more trashy and disgusting now. If you want to remake America and fundamentally gut and nationalize the economic engine of the modern world, you better damn well stand by your proposals. If you can’t so much as coordinate a launch of a six-page wishlist, why should we grant you an iota of intellectual authority to replace centuries of economic consensus and actual academics?