After Struggling With Policy Questions, Ocasio-Cortez Claims It’s Better to Be ‘Morally Right’ Than Factual

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) admitted that she believes it is more important to be morally right than to be factually correct.

Ocasio-Cortez has bobbled many policy questions, most of which relate to her plan to pay for expensive socialist policies, though she has tripped up on a few answers relating to other topics including history and the Middle East.

During an interview on “60 Minutes” with Anderson Cooper, Ocasio-Cortez responded to a question about one of the several policy statements she has incorrectly lobbed onto her Twitter feed. Cooper asked her about her tweet regarding Pentagon spending.

As IJR previously reported, the Washington Post gave Ocasio-Cortez “Four Pinocchios” for her misleading statement.

When Copper pressed her on this and other false statements she has made, Ocasio-Cortez said that it was more important to be “morally right” than precisely accurate in her speech.


“If people really want to blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”

Cooper pressed her on this, commenting, “But being factually right is important.”

Ocasio-Cortez agreed, saying, “It’s absolutely important, and whenever I make a mistake, I say, ‘Okay, that was clumsy.’ And then I restate what my point was.”

The congresswoman added that her incorrect statements are not as bad as the president’s because, according to her, her mistakes are done on the moral high ground.

“It’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s not the same thing at all.”

Unfortunately for Ocasio-Cortez, many believe that an incorrect statement is still incorrect, no matter the moral positionality. Sever took to Twitter to mock the congresswoman for her statements:

This was not Ocasio-Cortez’s only eyebrow-raising comment from her interview with Cooper. As IJR previously reported, she also claimed that there was “no question” that President Donald Trump was a racist.

What do you think?


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Tery Gohsman

Being factual and being morally right are not either/or. Our representatives need to be both. I personally give a little more weight to being factual.

Nate Hay

So, its morally correct to he a liar?

Norman Merhaut

She just has to look up the meaning of the word moron not oxymoron. Maxine Waters clone.

Amy Smith Goins

Would the the “moral high ground” be better supported by correct facts? Or are we just all supposed to be stupid?


The actual, real, FACTUAL quote:

Cooper: “You lie about stuff and don’t use facts.”

AOC: “You are missing the forest for the trees. There are people more concerned about being precisely and factually correct than about being morally right.”

I think she needs some tutoring in logic and ethics.

Don W. McKeown

Hmm if the president was lying about imigrants it would be the same thing,I’m sorry I do not see the difference. Before making bold statements one should have the facts in order. Even in the eyes of the law ignorance does not excuse the facts. Funny how she does not state factually how the President is lying?

John Franzoni

Factually incorrect, (untruthful), yet morally righteous.
AOC needs to pull out a dictionary and learn the meaning of an oxymoron.
Classic example!

Michael Hutton

We don’t elect representatives for their morality-we wouldn’t have any then. We elect them to represent OUR wants/wishes/desires and stand for truth!





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