Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Flubs Basic Government 101 Facts

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Progressive darling and Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York didn’t accurately name the three branches of government on Sunday despite her upcoming role as a congresswoman.

“If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress, uh, rather, all three chambers of government — the presidency, the Senate and the House — in 2020,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We can’t start working in 2020.”


The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist seemed to be confusing the two chambers of Congress, the House of Representatives and the Senate, with the three branches of American government, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

Ocasio-Cortez graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2011 with a bachelors degree in economics and international relations.

Representatives for an official class photo of new House members. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (L) (D-NY) joins with other newly elected members of the House of Representatives for an official class photo of new House members. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

When confronted on Twitter with her lack of knowledge, Ocasio-Cortez responded by accusing Republicans of “drooling” over her. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Says She Doesn’t Have A Congresswoman’s Salary Yet. She Asks ‘How Do I Get An Apartment?’)

“Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in [sic] real-tomd, they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “That they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare.”

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