Self-described socialist celeb Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has fact checkers scrambling to verify her far-fetched claims made on the campaign trail. For example, Cortez recently claimed that unemployment is at a record low “because everyone has two jobs,” which was swiftly shot down by The Washington Post after it discovered the number of people working two jobs since the Obama years has decreased. The Washington Post also dismissed her perpetuation of an urban legend that ICE was “required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night.” Another reality check for Cortez was her claim that Medicare for all would save money when, in fact, it would raise government expenditures by $32.6 trillion over ten years.
Here’s more from Fox News…
New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has excited the liberal base with her media blitz touting Medicare-for-all, the elimination of ICE and more.
But the Democrat’s rapid-fire claims about the state of the economy and other issues have fact-checkers scrambling to provide a reality check.
The Washington Post was the latest to put her myriad claims under the microscope.
The newspaper took issue, for instance, with her claim that unemployment is low “because everyone has two jobs.” The Post shot this down, noting the number of people working two jobs is down from the recession — and has remained steady at around 5 percent in recent years.
Other claims it summarily dismissed include a May 30 interview statement that ICE is “required to fill 34,000 beds with detainees every single night.” Both the Post and Politifact note that this is an “urban legend” and that ICE was only required to maintain that many beds — not fill them.