It hasn’t been such a great week for the up-and-coming democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Fresh off the 28-year-old’s stunning primary win in June, she seemed to mix up the two major parties in the United States.
In a video that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) posted to Twitter, the New York congressional candidate said she was going to help flip a Kansas district blue.
“We’re here in Kansas City to rally for Brent Welder,” she said of the Democratic candidate from Kansas City. But then the gaffe came as she appeared to mistake red as the color for the Democratic Party.
“Gonna flip this seat red in November,” she added.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 20, 2018
The clip created some confusion online, including among a former adviser for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton:
I’m genuinely confused by the purpose of this tweet. @Ocasio2018 misspoke by saying “flip the seat red.” When you’re in the spotlight and constantly on camera, mistakes happen for every politician. But why highlight this short clip that features the error? https://t.co/yIY2wv90Dq
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) July 21, 2018
WTF do you mean “flip this seat RED?” https://t.co/xv8V8bH7b3
— Karoli (@Karoli) July 21, 2018
Why is @Ocasio2018 saying they are going to “flip this seat red” in November? Ummm that’s not what we are doing. https://t.co/GwBGC6H2DM
— Tom D’Angora (@TomDangora) July 21, 2018
Some suggested Ocasio-Cortez might have meant to say “red” for the color that communists used:
Didn’t she just say “flip this seat red?” Or am I hearing things??? or did she mean red as in communism red? #russianred I’m confused. ??♀️
— Jen Wewers (@JenWewers) July 21, 2018
By now, you may have seen the Bernie/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) clip where she says “let’s flip this seat red!”
Apparently that wasn’t a gaffe. It was a ref to Dem Socialists – who inexplicably chose 1 of the only 3 colors already taken despite being founded in 1982.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 21, 2018
Seems to me if they’re going to “Flip the seat Red” for the Dem Socialist Party, then they shouldn’t be endorsed as Democrats.
I’m very against division in Dem Party, but this Red seat thing will cost us votes, and looks like they’re trying to get uninformed Republican votes. https://t.co/goBr2jNDzh
— MT Girl (@MTGirl4Good) July 21, 2018
“Seems to me if they’re going to ‘Flip the seat Red’ for the Dem Socialist Party,” one person tweeted.
They were referring to the fact that Ocasio-Cortez belonged to the Democratic Socialists of America, an organization that favored “a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.”
That wasn’t the first apparent gaffe from Ocasio-Cortez. As IJR previously noted, the rising Democratic star also appeared to criticize Israel despite not knowing much about the nation’s conflict with Palestine.
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attacks Israel, calls them the occupiers of Palestine.
When pressed on what she meant she struggled to give an answer and then admitted she does not know what she is talking about. pic.twitter.com/e3Uq1eupD3
— Ryan Saavedra ?? (@RealSaavedra) July 16, 2018
After lamenting Israeli settlements and claiming that Palestinians faced difficulty accessing their homes, PBS asked her if she could expand on that.
“I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said with a giggle.