A leading adviser to the New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admitted that an official "Green New Deal" document published by Ocasio-Cortez's office contained security guarantees for even "those who did not want to work" – but not before he went viral in progressive circles for getting the exact opposite, over and over, in an interview with Fox News & # 39; "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
Cornell University Law Professor Robert Hockett, Professor Robert Hockett, counseled Ocasio-Cortez on environmental initiatives, challenged host Tucker Carlson as he mentioned from a framework and a list of "frequently asked questions" posted on the official website of Ocasio-Cortez. The FAQ is also shared with NPR.
The FAQ says that the program will provide "Economic security for everyone who can not or do not work," and also mentioned, "We have set a goal to get net-zero, rather than zero emissions, for 1
The FAQ, which is still available on the NPR's website even though Ocasio-Cortez & # 39; It removed the office from its website, which also states, "It is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline" in a "diminished size since World War 2." In other sections, the FAQ says it sets a net-zero goal, rather than zero, national emissions for 10 years "because we are not sure we can get rid of farting cows and airplanes quickly."
Carlson asked Hockett at the beginning of the interview: "Why do we pay people & # 39; do not work?"
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In a moment he heard around the Internet, Hockett responded, "Well, we will not do it, right? And the AOC never said anything like this, right? of the document – I think some documents documented that someone other than us was circulating … He actually tweeted it to laugh at it, if you look at his latest tweets Looks like, some Republicans put it there. I do not know the details. "
It was a clear reference to a Thursday t via Ocasio-Cortez who criticized parody versions of the Green New Deal FAQ, including one said, effectively immediately, "men should urinate on an empty milk vial instead of a toilet." The parody versions mentioned by Ocasio-Cortez on the tweet do not contain any references to providing economic security for those who do not want to work. "When your # Green Screen Legal is so powerful that GOP needs to circulate the wrong version, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway, "Ocasio-Cortez wrote, with a picture of the parody version that contains reference urine. the official FAQ of Ocasio-Cortez excludes a reference to a guarantee of universal economic stability even for "unwilling" to work: "It certainly is not wrong." This is the wrong document. That's not it. "
The exchange has triggered a frivolous support for Hockett in social media with liberal audiences. Media Matters for America, an internationally recognized Media Matters group for America, said, "Watch what happens when Tucker Carlson jumps out of the conservative media bubble and receives evidence of Green's mistakes New Deal. "
But on the weekend, Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio- The head of Cortez's staff, seems to have admitted that the FAQ distributed to NPR and posted on the Ocasio-Cortez's website is real. The metadata from the document posted by NPR confirm that Chakrabarti is listed as one of the authors of the FAQ.
"An early draft of a FAQ that is clearly unfinished and does not represent the GND [Green New Deal] resolution was published on the website by mistake," Chakrabarti tweeted. "But what's in the resolution is GND."
Both Chakrabarti and Ocasio-Cortez are also referring supporters to a resolved resolution formally presented in Congress, which does not include the language support FAQ of worldwide support.
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Hockett did not immediately respond to Fox News & # 39; s request Sunday, but at an email that was late Saturday at The Daily Caller, she admitted her mistake.
"It appears that there is more than one document discussed yesterday, only one of these has I heard about any significance by last night after a long day of media appearances – namely, one that is determined by Congresswoman in his tweet, "wrote Hockett. "I'm sorry that it seems we do not know that speaking about other documents is completed within one minute during our longer and on the other ' talks & # 39; last night. "
In his Twitter account on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez himself acknowledges that a FAQ is "acquired to be uploaded + brought," without explaining or giving more details.
"Many GND resolutions and FAQs float around," she wrote. "There was also a draft version that was uploaded + uploaded. There are draft versions floating there."
However, many media outlets praised Hockett and Ocasio-Cortez handling the situation. A headline from Business Insider reads: "The accidental release of a document supported by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pays Americans' unwilling to work, & # 39; and attacks him for conservatives for it. " The article does not provide support for his dispute that the library of Ocasio-Cortez accidentally releases the document.
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And a report from The Huffington Post states that Carlson was "determined on his own show."
Meanwhile, Hockett appeared to compare Ocasio-Cortez's efforts to the classic novel "Ulysses," author Virginia Woolf, an "unforgettable disaster."
"Pirated versions of Ulysses can talk to expensive historians, throwing drafts, notes written by Joyce on her own, even with grocery lists," wrote Hockett. "But at one point we should not start reading the actual book – the big game-changing job that got signed and published?"
Stakes are high not only for liberal development, but also the Democratic Party at large. The Green New Deal plan, which calls for a massive package of large government measures including health care for everyone, quickly took the support of major 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, along with Sens Kamala Harris, D- Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., And Cory Booker, DN.J. – that everyone is co-sponsoring a resolution.
"Our history is a testament to the success of what an impossible idea is thinking – we need to make bold action today," Booker tweeted last week.
in support of Democrat contenders for the sweeping program.
"I think half announced presidential candidates that Democrats support it, although they are not sure what it is," Chief Executive Officer of the White House Mick Mulvaney said "Fox News Week."
Mulvaney added: "The other half – I do not know where the Democratic Party is, I know where the Republican Party, and by the way, it's fun to be a party united while others is divided. "
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The plan and accompanying documents from Ocasio-Cortez include a set of upcoming goals – and drew quick taunt from Republicans and other critics. The Republican National Committee called it a "socialist list" that would kill at least 1 million jobs and disrupt international trade – while worth trillions.
The push is likely to see resistance not only from the Republicans but also some Democrats. Si Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, was asked about the plan to replace high-speed airplanes and would not seem impressed.
"It's pretty hard for Hawaii," she laughed.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went out to dismiss the plan.
"This will be one of the few or perhaps many suggestions we receive," Pelosi told Politico on Wednesday. "The green dream or whatever they call, no one knows what it is, but for them is right?"
Even in addition to the Green New Deal, conservative commentators have argued that most proposed global warming solutions will have more evil than good, and also accuse climate activists of crying wolf. In 2006, a scientist at NASA and a leading global warming researcher declared the world only 10 years to prevent a major catastrophe – a deadline that has come from and disappeared.
Fox News, Adam Shaw, contributed to this report.