Video: CNN Defends AOC, Says It’s Okay to Lie if “It’s What You Believe”

Of all Democratic politicians, none has been as consistently dismissed by Republicans as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 31-year-old New York darling of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Since her surprise upset election in 2018, the Congresswoman has consistently come in for the harshest criticism from the right, and Wednesday night was the latest installment. In response to an emotional Instagram video on Monday night, in which AOC gave a chilling account of what happened to her during the Capitol riot in early January, the hashtag #AOClied began trending on Twitter, along with #AlexandriaOcasioSmollett, a nod to Jussie Smollett, the disgraced actor who perpetrated a hate crime hoax.

In tweets that racked up thousands of likes and shares, critics from the right alleged that the Congresswoman had lied about the events of January 6, claiming she was in danger when she was actually far removed from the scene of the riot.

Liberal CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo passionately defended Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday night, bashing critics of her emotional account of what the New York Democrat claimed she experienced on Jan. 6 during the tragic Capitol riot.

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CNN hosts Lemon and Cuomo, who regularly go off-script during their nightly handoff, vehemently sided with Ocasio-Cortez.

The Congresswoman did make other dubious claims about that day, ones which do require investigation. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez accused her fellow elected officials of trying to have her killed. When Ted Cruz tweeted his agreement with her about GameStop trading over Twitter recently, AOC tweeted back, “I am happy to work with Republicans on this issue where there’s common ground, but you almost had me murdered 3 weeks ago so you can sit this one out.” She also said she had a “very close encounter” with the insurrectionists, which turned out not to be the case.

Perhaps most problematic were her hints that Capitol Police were involved or complicit in the whole affair. “To run in the Capitol, in our nation’s capital, and not know if an officer is there to help you or to harm you – it’s also quite traumatizing,” she said last month, a view she reiterated in her most recent video, where she describes a man shouting “Where is she?!” and banging on her door, who turned out to be a Capitol Police officer trying to get her to leave the building. “We couldn’t read if this was a good situation or a bad situation,” she said. “Was he trying to actually put us in a vulnerable situation?”

If these claims aren’t true, it would mean that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had not only deliberately spread harmful misinformation about her fellows but impugned the honor of those who bled and died to keep her and her colleagues safe. To have that hurtful conspiracy promoted by an elected member of Congress is unconscionable.

And Rep. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t simply reflecting on what happened to her: She’s using what she contends is her experience to drive policy and punishment. She has publicly urged both Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to resign and called on the Senate to remove them for their roles in the riot if they refuse. We need to know if the basis for what she recommends is legitimate. If it isn’t, then the measures that she has proposed are illegitimate, too.

if these claims aren’t true, it would mean that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez had not only deliberately spread harmful misinformation about her fellows but impugned the honor of those who bled and died to keep her and her colleagues safe. To have that hurtful conspiracy promoted by an elected member of Congress is unconscionable.

And Rep. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t simply reflecting on what happened to her: She’s using what she contends is her experience to drive policy and punishment. She has publicly urged both Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to resign and called on the Senate to remove them for their roles in the riot if they refuse. We need to know if the basis for what she recommends is legitimate. If it isn’t, then the measures that she has proposed are illegitimate, too.

Alex Hall

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