Conservative journalist and blogger Allie Beth Stuckey has posted a fake interview ‚Äď using mashed-up clips from a real one ‚ÄĒ with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, discrediting the 29-year-old socialist running for Congress in New York.
Stuckey‚Äôs video, which she posted to her Twitter page labelled as an ‚Äúenlightening‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúhard-hitting‚ÄĚ interview, purported to show Ocasio-Cortez lost for words, confused and unable to coherently articulate her political beliefs. The heavily edited clips were taken from a real interview on PBS‚Äôs Firing Line show with Margaret Hoover, which Ocasio-Cortez had given a week earlier.
In the mash-up, Ocasio-Cortez appears unable to answer basic questions about her socialist ideology and the direction socialism might take her country. The clip also makes it seem as though she thinks that Venezuela is in the Middle East, with Stuckey ‚Äėcorrecting‚Äô her on her geography and knowledge of international politics.
Enlightening & hard-hitting interview with Socialist ‚Äúit girl‚ÄĚ and fellow millennial, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. pic.twitter.com/4txoxwqql6
‚ÄĒ Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) July 23, 2018
But while many conservatives loved the obviously fake interview and found it funny, Ocasio-Cortez fans were not laughing. Stuckey was flooded with angry comments on Facebook for failing to accurately label the video as satire. One commenter said he had reported it to Facebook as ‚Äúfake news‚ÄĚ. Another commenter wrote that ‚Äúfake news from the right is just as damaging and dishonest as fake news from the left.‚ÄĚ
Republicans and Democrats alike have been piling on Ocasio-Cortez since her surprising primary win against establishment Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th congressional district in June. While figures from both parties say her policies are too progressive and socialist, her supporters claim that she and others like her represent a real threat to the status quo and have simply rattled the establishment.
Lending some credibility to that argument, one Republican congressman, Ron Desantis, who is a candidate for governor of Florida ‚ÄĒ nowhere near New York‚Äôs 14th Congressional District ‚ÄĒ referred dismissively to Ocasio-Cortez as ‚Äúthat girl, or whatever she is‚ÄĚ at a campaign event at the weekend. ‚ÄúI mean, she‚Äôs in a totally different universe. It‚Äôs basically socialism wrapped in ignorance,‚ÄĚ he told his audience.
The 29-year-old political newcomer, who was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders‚Äô presidential campaign in 2016, hit back at Desantis on Twitter, clearing up the confusion about ‚Äúwhatever she is‚ÄĚ by referencing her Puerto Rican heritage and noting that 75,000 Puerto Ricans had relocated to Florida since Hurricane Maria devastated the US island territory.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments!‚ÄĚ she wrote.
Rep DeSantis, it seems you‚Äėre confused as to ‚Äúwhatever I am.‚ÄĚ
I am a Puerto Rican woman. It‚Äės strange you don‚Äôt know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since Mar√≠a.
But I‚Äôm sure these new FL voters appreciate your comments! https://t.co/xJlroSe5Hs
‚ÄĒ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 23, 2018