February 11, 2019
After a document supposed to be some kind of FAQ about the Green New Deal started circulating and causing outrage for including phrases such as “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work” and “we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast” Tucker got Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez adviser and Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett in his show and ask him what was up with that “unwilling to work” phrase.
Professor Hockett said they “definitely” did not say that and suggested the document Tucker talked about could be one of the many joke documents that were circulating around, some of which Alexandria herself retweeted.
Turns out the document was really official as it was uploaded by Alexandria’s people, but apparently it was taken down shortly after due to the backlash.
A top adviser to New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has admitted that an official “Green New Deal” document posted by Ocasio-Cortez’s office contained a guarantee of economic security even for those “unwilling to work” — but not before he went viral in progressive circles for claiming the exact opposite, repeatedly, in an interview with Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett, who counsels Ocasio-Cortez on environmental initiatives, challenged host Tucker Carlson when he quoted from an outline and list of “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) that had been posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s official website. The FAQ was also shared with NPR.
The FAQ stated that the program will provide “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” and also noted, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
The FAQ, which Ocasio-Cortez’s office removed from her website amid online backlash (although it is still available on NPR’s website) additionally stated, “This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline” at a “scale not seen since World War 2.” In another section, the FAQ stated that it had set a goal of net-zero, rather than zero, national emissions in 10 years “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
Carlson asked Hockett at the outset of the interview: “Why would we ever pay people who are ‘unwilling to work’?”
In a head-turning moment heard around the Internet, Hockett replied flatly, “Uh, we never would, right? And AOC has never said anything like that, right? I think you’re referring to some sort of document — I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating. … She’s actually tweeted it out to laugh at it, if you look at her latest tweets. It seems apparently, some Republicans have put it out there. I don’t know the details.”
That was an apparent reference to a Thursday tweet by Ocasio-Cortez that criticized parody versions of the Green New Deal FAQ, including one that said, effective immediately, “males should urinate into an empty milk jug instead of a toilet.” The parody versions cited by Ocasio-Cortez in the tweet did not contain any reference to providing economic security for those “unwilling to work.”
Later in the interview, Hockett doubled down that Ocasio-Cortez’s official FAQ did not include a reference to a guarantee of universal economic stability even for those “unwilling” to work: “Definitely not. That’s erroneous. It’s the wrong document. That’s not us.”
The exchange prompted a flurry of support for Hockett on social media among liberal audiences. The left-wing activist group Media Matters for America wrote, “Watch what happens when Tucker Carlson steps outside the conservative media bubble and gets fact-checked on Green New Deal falsehoods.”
But over the weekend, Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, seemingly admitted that the FAQ shared with NPR and posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s website was genuine. Metadata from the document posted by NPR confirmed that Chakrabarti was listed as one of the authors of the FAQ.
“An early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND [Green New Deal] resolution got published to the website by mistake,” Chakrabarti tweeted. “But what’s in the resolution is the GND.”
Both Chakrabarti and Ocasio-Cortez also referred supporters to a stripped-down resolution they formally introduced in Congress, which does not include the FAQ’s language on universal economic support. The resolution is not a bill, and contains only broad language.
On her Twitter account Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez herself acknowledged that a FAQ “got uploaded + taken down,” without explaining or providing additional detail.
For that “unfinished” document to be published in the first place, someone had to type it, save, export, and then upload it, which means someone literally typed the lines about people “unwilling to work” and “farting cows.”
The whole situation not only shows how insane these people are, but also how badly organized they are and how bad communication is even in their own team. You have an adviser that definitely thought that line was doctored because he saw how stupid it was, you have people that wrote said stupid line in an official document and uploaded it, and none of them were aware of the other and both appeared to be under different impressions regarding what the Green New Deal was about.
If they can’t even get a document release right without this kind of misunderstanding, what makes them think they can implement their insane Green New Deal without breaking the country?