So it seems Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing her best to save face after making a fool of herself by saying the world was going to end in 12 years due to climate change, trying to play it all off as if she were joking.
Yes, this is a desperate and extremely transparent attempt to not look like she has absolutely no clue what she’s talking about and it couldn’t be more hilarious.
The 29-year-old socialist mocked the Republican Party for taking her claim about the end of the world seriously, which she suggested was a combination of “dry humor + sarcasm.”
“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows,” wrote AOC in a tweet published on Mother’s Day.
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Like the “world ending in 12 years” thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal.
But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows. https://t.co/pmkwrdeAnq
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 12, 2019
For context, Ocasio-Cortez first spouted the hyperbolic claim in January at a Martin Luther King forum in New York City, as The Daily Wire previously reported. She said it without laughing, earned a round of applause from the progressive audience, and then emphasized the point by calling the fight against Climate Change “our World War II.”
“I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,” charged AOC. “And your biggest issue, your biggest issue is how are going to pay for it? — and like this is the war, this is our World War II.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2019
One of the huge problems with her trying to pass off her prediction as a joke is that she has made this claim about the end of the world and climate change on numerous occasions, going so far as to collaborate with The Intercept to make a video that centers around this topic.
Climate change is here + we’ve got a deadline: 12 years left to cut emissions in half.
A #GreenNewDeal is our plan for a world and a future worth fighting for.
How did we get here?
What is at stake?
And where are we going?
Please watch & share widely ⬇️pic.twitter.com/IMCtS86VXG
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 17, 2019
There’s absolutely no way she can simply pass this off as being some sort of elevated sense of sarcasm and humor that went over the heads of practically every single American citizen on both sides of the aisle. Given her track record of being less than intelligent it seems this a highly unlikely scenario.
After all, this is the same gal who couldn’t even name the three branches of the very government she now works for.
She also doubled-down on her 12-year declaration during an Instagram livestream after a viewer mocked her for it.
“We have twelve years left to cut emissions by at least 50 percent if not more,” Ocasio-Cortez, visibly annoyed, told her viewers. “For everyone who wants to make a joke about that, you may laugh, but you’re grandkids will not, so understand that the internet documents everything.”
See? No matter what she’s saying now, the truth is she made this claim and clearly believes it’s true. Now that she’s catching a ton of flack for it and more and more science is coming out refuting the point, she’s trying to backpedal. Too late.
Perhaps what she ought to do in the future is stop being so emotionally hyperactive and popping off with ridiculous knee jerk reactions to things without putting in the time and effort to verify if what she’s up in arms over is actually a legitimate thing or not.
Just a thought.
Source: Daily Wire