WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez says ‘They Had To Amend The Constitution To Make Sure FDR Didn’t Get Re-Elected’
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is fond of expounding on history and government.
The only problem is that what she says is so often wrong.
At an MSNBC forum to talk about her Green New Deal proposal, she spoke about what she says was a time in history when Democrats had “supermajorities” and power in Congress, during the “New Deal” and the “Civil Rights Act.”
Here she goes:
According to AOC, Congress amended the Constitution to prevent FDR from being re-elected:
"They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt dd not get reelected."
(Reminder, FDR died in office in 1945; the 22nd Amendment came in 1947) pic.twitter.com/DImHj0caVy
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 31, 2019
So many things wrong there, where to begin?
As Tom Elliott notes, no, Congressional Republicans didn’t have to amend the Constitution to stop FDR, because FDR had already died in 1945. The 22nd Amendment was approved by Congress in 1947 and ratified in 1951. And it was FDR, the Democrat, who broke the humble tradition set by all previous presidents to only serve two terms and leave. While yes, his actions prompted the concern because no one had ever violated the tradition before, Congressional Republicans obviously didn’t have to amend the Constitution to prevent him from being elected, as Ocasio-Cortez claims. Further, it wasn’t Congressional Republicans who “amended” the Constitution. Congress can approve an amendment with a supermajority (so a supermajority would be backing the idea). But to be amended, the Constitution requires a ratification by the states. In order to do that, one pretty much needs an overwhelming sentiment in the country to have it pass, as they had with the 22nd Amendment to limit the terms to two.
Troubling to actually see the guy in the back on video nodding his head in agreement when she makes this comment.
And as a side note to another point she makes, Republicans were more unified in support of the various civil rights acts through the 50s and 60s. While Democrats did vote for it, powerful Democrats also voted against the various civil rights acts propounded at the time, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act Ocasio-Cortez is likely referencing, belying her claim of Democratic unity.