Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., spoke with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes on Sunday about her “fuzzy math” and criticism she’s received regarding her “radical agenda” and how it doesn’t matter to be “factually correct” as long as she’s “morally right.”
Ocasio-Cortez stated that being “morally right” is probably better than being “factually right” and if she makes a mistake, that it’s not exactly the same thing as President Donald Trump telling lies about illegal immigrants.
However, isn’t it possible that some people are both factually correct and morally right? Facts do matter, as does morals, but we cannot act like facts don’t matter.
Ocasio-Cortez receives fair criticism over her Democratic-socialist agenda and consistently making minor mistakes and slip-ups (not for dancing).
The interview with Anderson Cooper brought out some more interesting tidbits of information from the new Congresswoman from New York.
The video interview also discusses President Trump being labeled as a racist. Of course, that comes without evidence and the idea that Trump is a racist is a common weapon used by Democrats in arguments they found to be losing.
Trump has been in the spotlight for decades without racial accusations and still has no actual evidence of being racist.
During the interview, Cooper asks Ocasio-Cortez about this and responds to her answer with “how can you say that?”
Part of the interview with Anderson Cooper and Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is here, with more from the transcript below.
Anderson Cooper just called out Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for being an idiot… watch her defend herself.pic.twitter.com/PiNPdtX7yR
— Michael (@freedom_moates) January 7, 2019
Partial transcript below taken from CBS News.
Anderson Cooper: One of the criticisms of you is that— that your math is fuzzy. The Washington Post recently awarded you four Pinocchios—
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Oh my goodness—
Anderson Cooper: —for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees. I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.
Anderson Cooper: But being factually correct is important—
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: It’s absolutely important. And whenever I make a mistake. I say, “Okay, this was clumsy.” and then I restate what my point was. But it’s— it’s not the same thing as— as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing, at all.
Anderson Cooper: You don’t talk about President Trump very much.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No.
Anderson Cooper: Why?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: No. Because I think he’s a symptom of a problem.
Anderson Cooper: What do you mean?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The president certainly didn’t invent racism. But he’s certainly given a voice to it and expanded it and created a platform for those things.
Anderson Cooper: Do you believe President Trump is a racist?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Yeah. Yeah. No question.
Anderson Cooper: How can you say that?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: (CHUCKLE) When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s— it’s night and day.
In response, the deputy White House press secretary said, “Cong. Ocasio-Cortez’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform…” and “… has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”
Ocasio-Cortez has found a way to keep a large portion of the Internet talking about her, much like President Trump has done.
However, it would be wise of her to remember that facts and evidence play a large part in society. Morals matter, but one should not bend the truth to make their agenda match their morals.
Facts can’t be bent.