Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was roasted on Twitter this weekend after she blamed an unnamed staffer for releasing the “working draft” of the Green New Deal to the press and uploading it on her official website during a Friday appearance on MSNBC.
The New York Democrat threw an unnamed staffer under the bus for the calamitous rollout of her nonbinding environmental resolution, the Green New Deal, claiming the staffer “had a really bad day at work” when the initial FAQ document was sent to the press and posted on her website in February.
The widely-ridiculed original document included language on providing “economic security” to those “unwilling to work” and “fully get[ting] rid of farting cows and airplanes.” After days of being mocked and criticized online, the document was scrubbed from her website.
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— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 30, 2019
She continued on to claim that the document was a “working draft” before calling for a “serious conversation” on technological innovation.
Ocasio-Cortez’s claim may have gotten a chuckle from the audience, but some on Twitter didn’t take too kindly towards the freshman firebrand hanging her staffer out to dry.
This is sheer nonsense. No final draft has ever been produced. https://t.co/DBLqZGH9Tc
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 30, 2019
“I definitely had a staffer who had a very bad day at work and did release a working draft early, so I get that’s what they’re seizing on.” @AOC throws staff under the bus when asked about the atrocious #GreenNewDeal launch, FAQ, cow farts. pic.twitter.com/ceEYO3Ps0J
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 30, 2019
@AOC did you seriously just blame it on a staffer? Lord you have a lot to learn about leadership and accountability.
— John Mattingly (@jdmattingly16) March 30, 2019
Was it the “staffer” that’s her boyfriend?
— mog1717 (@mog1717) March 30, 2019
(•. • ) Own your proposal
( • . •) Blame a staffer
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) March 30, 2019
The congresswoman’s claims that the original Green New Deal FAQ was a “working draft” echoes her previous claims from February, as IJR Red previously reported.