Whoops: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Botches “Three Chambers of Government”

Conservatives roundly mocked Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week after the young socialist proved yet again that she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about.

In a conference call with the Justice Democrats, a political activist group that wants to primary establishment Democrats who take money from corporate interests, Ocasio-Cortez attempted to rally the troops with an inspiring message of empowerment. The only problem was that her goals seemed to be at odds with the basic structure of the U.S. government.

“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 Saturday. “If you’re a strong progressive leader in your community and committed to getting money out of politics, I want you to join me in Congress. I want you to run.”

There are three branches of government, of course, and no one calls them “chambers.” And they aren’t the presidency, the Senate, and the House; they are the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches. Maybe they didn’t get to that part of the civics book in the tough Bronx schools that Ocasio-Cortez attended as a child. Oh wait, she actually grew up in Westchester County, 40 minutes north of there? We completely forgot.

Instead of enduring her mockery in stoic silence, Ocasio-Cortez decided to draw more attention to the flub.

“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,” she said.

Yeah well, good try, but you still don’t know basic facts about the U.S. government. It doesn’t speak well to your ability to secure universal healthcare.


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