Soon enough it’ll be shorter to print a listing of subjects that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez does know about. For she’s shown here that to add to her utter confusion over all matters economic she’s also ignorant of basic US political history. We could try to be fair to her and point out that the gap between the year of her birth and FDR’s last re-election is greater than that between the end of WW II and the death of Queen Victoria. Or Teddy Roosevelt getting elected.
But then, you know, why be fair? And that’s what we have libraries for, with books in ‘n’stuff, so that people don’t have to try and work out the past from memory and personal experience.
Anyway, her latest is that the Republicans changed the Constitution so that FDR couldn’t run for office again. Which is a bit of a clanger really. The change in the Constitution was because FDR had run again – and again – and won. The general feeling being that someone who runs 4 times and wins 4 times might be getting a little too close to a President for Life, or even a King, to quite fit the American way.
But here’s AOC:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez incorrectly asserted that Republicans amended the Constitution to stop former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt from being re-elected — even though he died in office. “They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get re-elected,” the New York Democrat said during an MSNBC town hall on Friday night, as she touted the positive effects of the New Deal.
Err, yes, well.
Ocasio-Cortez was referring to the 22nd Amendment, which a Republican-controlled Congress passed in March 1947. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945.
So, the hunt is on therefore. What subjects does AOC know about then?