Ocasio-Cortez mocked for '3 chambers of Congress' gaffe, hits back at critics
In an instagram video to supporters this weekend, Ocasio-Cortez appeared to have missed Civics 101 in high school.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress — Uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House."The 3 branches of government: executive, legislative, judicial. pic.twitter.com/8rPSpzottE— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 19, 2018
"If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress — Uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House,” she said in the video.
Congress has two chambers, the House and the Senate, while the government has three branches: the executive (the President and his administration), the legislative (Congress), and the judicial (the courts). Right-wing Twitter didn’t let the mistake go:
.@Ocasio2018 The gift that keeps on givingShe wants Dems to take back all "three chambers of Congress"No worries she caught the mistake & corrected it"all three chambers of government, the Presidency, Senate & House"Closer, but still wrongCivics #FAILh/t @American_Mirrorpic.twitter.com/msOOSQVCMW— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) November 19, 2018
RT Pink_About_it "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to take back all three chambers of govnt:the presidency, the Senate, and the House.I can't wait until she is "inagurated" maybe someone will tell her then. 😂😂😂"— DANIEL GLENN (@REALDANIELGLENN) November 19, 2018
The ignorance of our political process among @Ocasio2018 and her supporters is mind-numbing.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 19, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez snapped back on Sunday, night, responding to mocking from Ohio State Representative Niraj Antani (R).
“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,” she said, correcting her new slip-up to “real-time” in a follow-up tweet moments later.
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. https://t.co/fMOijEa7tF— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 19, 2018
A self-described socialist, Ocasio-Cortez shot to fame this June when she unseated ten-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s Democratic primary elections. Running on a progressive platform of socialized healthcare, immigration reform, gun control and free education, Ocasio-Cortez will be the youngest woman to ever serve in Congress when she takes office in January.
Her path to Capitol Hill has been live-blogged and tweeted in intimate detail, with Ocasio-Cortez causing a stir at orientation day last week when she claimed that staff assumed she was an intern or spouse. When critics called BS on her story, Ocasio-Cortez suggested that she was discriminated against as a “woman or person of color.”
- Dem Spouse + Member luncheon were at the same time today. I was sent to spouse event.- Last night I was stopped bc it was assumed I was an intern/staffer- Next time try believing women + people of color when they talk about their experiences being a woman or person of color https://t.co/xXwAUegQNI— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 15, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez’ ‘three chambers’ gaffe is not the first time her critics have questioned her political knowledge. Days after her primary victory this summer, Ocasio-Cortez said in a television interview that US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was running “black sites” at the US border, a claim that was pounced on and ridiculed by the right.
In addition, Ocasio-Cortez was savaged in July for calling Israel’s presence in the West Bank an “occupation,” before admitting that she couldn’t explain why she chose to use this word.
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