Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has once again lodged her foot deeply in her own mouth, making a rather absurd accusation against GOP consultant Josh Holmes, who also happens to be a former chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
This girl needs to go back to being a bartender. Stat.
Ocasio-Cortez claimed in a viral tweet that Holmes “helps run a multimillion dollar operation to have bot accounts manipulate online discourse.” There is no evidence to support that claim, which the congresswoman deleted after criticism online.
Ocasio-Cortez cited a tweet from Andrew Perez, a reporter at research nonprofit MapLight, as evidence in support of her accusation — but Perez’s tweet provided no such evidence.take our poll - story continues below
Perez noted Job Creators Network, a business advocacy group critical of Ocasio-Cortez, had in the past hired two political consulting firms, Berman & Co and Cavalry LLC. Perez noted Holmes founded Cavalry and described the other firm, Berman & Co., as an “astroturf firm” — referring to the practice of inflating support for (or opposition to) a cause.
Perez made no reference to online bots and did not accuse Holmes’s firm of astroturf campaigns — he simply noted who Job Creators Network had worked with in the past. Ocasio-Cortez pounced on Perez’s tweet as proof of something nefarious: manipulation of public discourse, she alleged.
— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) February 22, 2019
It’s weird to see a freshmen member of Congress educated in real time like this. https://t.co/IKS8ek4Ixi
— Marty Kady (@mkady) February 22, 2019
I think AOC genuinely just doesn’t understand what the term “astroturf” means. pic.twitter.com/REuo4pLdHO
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 22, 2019
Tweet first. Ask questions later. https://t.co/ePAL9tnruM
— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) February 22, 2019
AOC is the textbook definition of what it means to have a “knee-jerk reaction.” She always weighs in on a subject without actually having a clue what she’s talking about, making herself look like a fool over and over again.
Making yourself look dumb once or twice isn’t a big deal. Everyone has off days. However, when it’s a repeated pattern of behavior, it makes people begin to wonder if that’s not your natural state of mind.
It’s not that she doesn’t have the brain power to be an intelligent, well informed person. It’s that she chooses not to be. That’s what’s truly embarrassing.
Source: Daily Caller