Viral Ocasio-Cortez Called Out for Comments on Being 'Inaugurated' to Congress
Dem socialist candidate picks up Obama endorsement.
It seems that Democratic socialist and New York City congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a lot to learn about Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke Monday at her alma mater of Boston University, raising eyebrows with a comment on implementing her campaign promises if she wins in November.
"It doesn't mean you get everything tomorrow. As much as I would love that, I would love to get inaugurated January 3rd [and] January 4th we're signing health care, we're signing this."
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that if she wins her congressional race this November that she will be "inaugurated" into office and will be signing bills into law.pic.twitter.com/Sp7OgW2gmR
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 2, 2018
People on Twitter quickly noted that as a member of Congress, Ocasio-Cortez would be sworn in, not inaugurated like the president. She would also not have the ability to sign bills into law, as that would still be the responsibility of President Trump.
She’s going to be really disappointed
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) October 2, 2018
Good God, she has no *bleeping* idea how government works. This is stuff you learn in 8th grade US History.
— ConservativeAmerican (@conservusa1980s) October 2, 2018
She is literally living in La La land
— Jackie Warren (@warrenkylady) October 3, 2018
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) October 2, 2018
Monday's mix-up isn't the first gaffe, though, by Ocasio-Cortez. She got her political colors mixed up while on the campaign trail in July, and she was roundly criticized for flubbing an interview question in which she criticized Israel’s "occupation” of the Palestinian territories.
The political newcomer has been under the media spotlight as she gains support for her Democratic socialist promises, like free health care and college tuition.
Ocasio-Cortez was among dozens of Democrats endorsed by former President Barack Obama on Monday. She was left off Obama's first round of endorsements in the summer.
“Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before," Obama said.
Speaking to the crowd on Monday Ocasio-Cortez said her campaign is about "justice for all," including the poor, women, minorities and the LGBTQ community, and "uplifting the voices who have been victimized."
— Spencer Buell (@SpencerBuell) October 1, 2018