Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., once again got some of her facts wrongs in history. She asserted, incorrectly, that Republicans in Congress amended the Constitution to kick President Franklin Delano Roosevelt out of office.
“They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected,” Ocasio-Cortez said Friday during a night hall event with MSNBC with Chris Hayes.
Ocasio-Cortez was referring to the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution which passed in 1947. The amendment states, “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.”
But FDR died in 1945, meaning he was dead for a full two years before presidential term limits were implemented. This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has made statements that were not factual.
In December of last year she claimed “Medicare for All” could be funded by $21 trillion in accounting errors by the Pentagon. She tweeted this information: $21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained.”
$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T.
That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.
And that’s before our premiums.
Tom Elliott tweeted this message about AOC’s recent flub:
According to AOC, Congress amended the Constitution to prevent FDR from being re-elected: “They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt dd not get reelected.”
(Reminder, FDR died in office in 1945; the 22nd Amendment came in 1947)
During her town hall Friday, Ocasio-Cortez also said that her progressive movement was not the Tea Party of the Left because unlike the “xenophobic” Tea Party, “we’re not calling anyone names.”
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