When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez somehow won the Democrat Party primary for her district in New York, some leftists in the party celebrated. She was, after all, a self-avowed ‘democratic socialist,’ and had many of the same far-left ideals that Bernie Sanders spouted during the 2016 primary. However, it’s not likely that her fans could have foreseen the absurd things she would say after winning the nomination.
Amidst a slew of other misstatements, Ocasio-Cortez, who claimed to be a ‘girl from the Bronx’ who actually grew up in Westchester County, New York, not only declared herself a Puerto Rican woman on Twitter, but went on to tell an entirely fictitious history of the island nation on Twitter. Interestingly, the claims she made sound suspiciously like the claims that a Puerto Rican Marxist terrorist group made about the history of their island. This democrat ‘rising star’ also unveiled her laughable ignorance by claiming ‘5,000’ Puerto Ricans died in the wake of Hurricane Maria, a hoax that has long since been debunked.
On Wednesday, Cortez delivered a number of tweets on her page, which claimed that 120 years ago, on July 25, 1898, Puerto Rico was invaded and “made a colony” of the United States.
She tweeted on to claim that Puerto Rico’s citizens still don’t get to vote federally, that they don’t have a representative in Congress, and that they are not a sovereign people.
Anyone who was alive during the mid-1970’s or earlier might remember this talking point about the history of Puerto Rico. It was a favorite claim of Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional, a hard-left Marxist terrorist group that operated in the island nation.
Over the course of 120 bombings or more, they murdered and injured dozens of New Yorkers, and even committed that infamous Fraunces Tavern bombing that killed four and injured 63.
By parroting this entirely fictitious historic account, she completely validated a statement by republican Representative Ron DeSantis, who said that she was a symptom of democratic disarray within the party.
He also stated that she lives in a “totally different universe” than the rest of the people on Earth.
The actual history of Puerto Rico is nothing like what she described. It wasn’t some island in the middle of nowhere that no one had discovered until the United States decided to invade and turn it into a colony.
The island was discovered and claimed for Spain in 1493 by famed explorer Christopher Columbus during his second voyage.
For four centuries, Spain held the island against invasion attempts by the Dutch, French, and the British.
In 1898, following the Spanish-American War, the Spanish ceded control of the island to the United States as part of the terms of the Treaty of Paris.
Technically speaking, the treaty didn’t take effect until April 11, 1899, so her timeline is already off.
The United States took possession of Puerto Rico on that day in April 1899, and eighteen years later, in 1917, granted every single citizen of the island nation U.S. citizenship.
There was no violent invasion where the U.S. wrested power from the Islanders. The Spanish essentially handed the reigns over to the Americans.
The subjugation and treatment of Puerto Ricans as 2nd-class citizens of the United States is nothing new.
It’s codified into law. It’s codified in status.
And recognition of this gross injustice is bipartisan: @SenJohnMcCain has introduced legislation to lift the Jones Act. /3
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 25, 2018
To back up this claim, she says that John McCain introduced legislation to lift the Jones Act.
The Jones Act of 1917 made Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens, and also created their government.
The Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which McCain wants repealed, has been called prohibitionist, and critics claim it makes the cost of moving goods between U.S. ports (which includes Puerto Rican ports) more expensive.
In September 2017, Donald Trump waived the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 in order to help the Puerto Rican people after Hurricane Maria, though it seems Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know that, either.
It is estimated that almost 5,000 Puerto Ricans have died in the wake of Hurricane María.
The Federal government maintains that the official death count from the storm was 64.
The island has yet to undergo a major recovery effort. Homes are still covered in tarps. /2
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) July 25, 2018
Not satisfied with her display of ignorance, she continued on to claim that 5,000 Puerto Ricans died in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
As for her claim that there has not been a ‘major recovery effort,’ that’s simply not true.
At the peak of the operation to restore the nation, more than 19,000 federal and military personnel deployed to the island.
More than 63 million meals were provided to people on the island, a number which represents almost half of the meals provided for hurricane relief in 2017.
More than 4,500 flights were flown to the nation thus far, making it the largest sustained domestic air mission to transport food and water in American history.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installed more than 1,843 generators to provide power to the island, making it the largest disaster generator mission in U.S. history. Today, less than ten percent of the island is without power.
It is patently obvious that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running for an actual elected position, continuously has no idea what she’s talking about, and it seems that she just spouts the Marxist talking point on any subject she’s asked about.