Ocasio-Cortez accuses CNN’s Chris Cillizza of taking quote out of context in tweet

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called out CNN’s Chris Cillizza, accusing him of taking her quote out of context in a tweet.

Cillizza, tweeting out a link to his analysis of Ocasio-Cortez’s Sunday night interview on “60 Minutes,” shared the link with her quote: “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”

{mosads}Ocasio-Cortez responded to Cillizza’s tweet with the next line of the quote: “And whenever I make a mistake, I say, ‘OK, this was clumsy.’ and then I restate what my point was.”{mosads}

“Cover the quote in context, thanks,” she added.

Cillizza tweeted that he did include the entire quote in his analysis, but that he couldn’t fit it on Twitter due to the character limit.

Ocasio-Cortez then responded by sharing a screenshot which shows the entire quote and link fitting within Twitter’s character limits.

“Looks like your ‘character count’ argument to avoid including my full quote is straight up wrong,” she wrote. “Also: where are all the ‘Pinocchios’ for Republicans this week (many of whom are much more senior than me) blatantly lying about marginal tax rates?”

Ocasio-Cortez also fired back on Twitter at House Minority Whip Steve Scalise after he questioned her proposal for a 70 percent progressive tax rate on the wealthy.


In his piece, which includes the full quote, Cillizza labels her comment a “beginner’s mistake.”

The exchange occurred between Ocasio-Cortez and Anderson Cooper over her claim that $21 trillion in Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained,” which was given four Pinocchios by the Washington Post Fact Checker.

“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,” she told Cooper in defense of the comment.

Cillizza writes that Ocasio-Cortez has a responsibility to “get the facts right.”

“Fudging the facts in pursuit of ‘being morally right’— as Ocasio-Cortez puts it — assumes that moral righteousness is an agreed-upon thing. As Trump’s decision to institute a travel ban or build a wall around the country show, it’s not,” he writes.

-Updated 3:16 p.m.

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