Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being roundly criticized for flubbing a question in which she criticized Israel’s "occupation” of the Palestinian territories.

Ocasio-Cortez, who surprisingly won a New York Democratic primary on a socialist platform, made the remark during an interview on PBS’s "Firing Line" on Friday.

When host Margaret Hoover asked her to clarify what she meant, the 28-year-old political newcomer fumbled over her words and acknowledged that she is "not the expert at geopolitics on this issue."

Her admission led to intense criticism on Twitter...

“I am a firm believer in finding a two-state solution on this issue, and I’m happy to sit down with leaders on both of these. For me, I just look at things through a human rights lens, and I may not use the right words. I know this is a very intense issue," Ocasio-Cortez said.


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On "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, conservative commentator Michael Knowles said Ocasio-Cortez is a good representation of where the Democratic Party stands: "Proudly ignorant and thoroughly anti-Israel."

"Margaret Hoover, in that television program, scratched just below the surface and Ocasio-Cortez had no answer, she didn't know anything. All she had learned was ideology," Knowles said.

He said Ocasio-Cortez -- who is set to square off against Republican Anthony Pappas in New York’s 14th Congressional district race in the fall -- essentially has the House seat locked up, so she's only hurting herself by doing so many interviews and exposing her lack of knowledge.

"If Ocasio-Cortez were smart, she would have locked herself in a closet until November."


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