Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez found herself in hot water after she bungled a number of softball interview questions on the PBS show ‘Firing Line’ on Friday.
Ocasio-Cortez, the new darling of the Democratic party, did not show command of basic economic and geopolitical issues.
Host Margaret Hoover asked very basic questions about Ocasio-Cortez’s positions on the economy. In particular, Hoover asked if capitalism is responsable for the currently booming US economy and low unemployment.
“Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs,” Ocasio-Cortez explained, adding that “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.”
Ocasio-Cortez also claimed that Israel was occupying Palestinian land — but when pressed to elaborate on her comment, Ocasio-Cortez demurred, ultimately admitting that she was not an expert on the issue.
In an ironic twist, just two weeks before the bungling interview, Ocasio-Cortez had been bragging on twitter about her economics degree and wondering if her assumed future House colleagues would be able to match her educational prowess. In a tweet, the socialist asked “Wondering: How many other House Democrats have a degree in Economics like I do? Trying to find who out here is going to be in the Gini Coefficient Appreciation Squad.”
Wondering: How many other House Democrats have a degree in Economics like I do?
Trying to find who out here is going to be in the Gini Coefficient Appreciation Squad.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 3, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences just a six years ago.