Democratic newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is nationally recognizable despite only spending two months in public office—for better or worse—as she often receives a mixed bag of compliments and criticisms.
While she has become a prominent advocate for legislation to combat climate change, the New York Democrat has been repeatedly fact-checked and criticized over several political remarks on jobs and the economy.
Ocasio-Cortez is back on the receiving end of criticisms, but this time for a strange comment she made about plastic bags.
“I can be upset that I get ten plastic bags at the grocery store and then have to toss out my plastic bags because the recycling program in the area is tough, and that’s ok,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“All of these are not reasons to stop fighting. All of these are reasons to keep fighting,” she continued. “And these are all reasons and pieces of evidence to say, ‘Hey, we need to make it easier to recycle.'”
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.@AOC: “I can be upset that I get ten plastic bags at the grocery store and then have to toss out my plastic bags because the recycling program in the area is tough, and that’s ok."
(I'm no scientist but couldn't she say "no thanks" if she doesn't want any plastic bags?) pic.twitter.com/zNwx5ugzDA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 5, 2019
Some people online were wondering why she was getting plastic bags to begin with—as she’s a leader in the climate change movement.
Some others wonder why she is getting upset by receiving the plastic bags when she could just say she does not want them.
“Take the plastic bags or somebody gets it,” someone satirically tweeted.
And, “Hero of climate change doesn’t even know what reusable bags are.”
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As the Daily Wire reports, Ocasio-Cortez is also making headlines for saying the United States should not have authorized use of force against those responsible for the terror attack on September 11, 2001:
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Ocasio-Cortez continued with another tweet that contained some false information: “I remember a time when it was ‘unacceptable’ to question the Iraq War. All of Congress was wrong, including both GOP & Dem Party, and led my generation into a disastrous + wrong war that virtually all would come to regret, except for the one member who stood up: Barbara Lee.”
After being called out for the tweet’s inaccuracies, Ocasio-Cortez clarified that she meant the Afghanistan war, and added: “(But honestly we shouldn’t have been in either, and we should end the AUMF now while we’re at it)”
Ocasio-Cortez plainly stated that “all of Congress was wrong” was to vote in favor of the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) and that Barbara Lee was correct for not voting for it.