During her Green New Deal Town Hall with MSNBC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed the 22nd Amendment was passed because evil Republicans wanted to keep FDR from running again. Forget that FDR was dead when it passed and stuff, because you know, it’s like more important to be morally right than factually right.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 1, 2019
Wasn’t Newsweek sold for a dollar? Guess you could say you get what you pay for …
“FDR did die in office in ‘45 and the 22nd amendment did come in ‘47 but Congress did start the legislative process in 1944 prior to his death so that he would not be reelected,” another Twitter user wrote in Ocasio-Cortez’s defense. “It was not ratified soon enough and he won in ‘44. AOC did not misspeak, friends.”
The National Constitution Center also had Ocasio-Cortez’s back. On its website, the nonpartisan organization explained: “Talk about a presidential term-limits amendment started in 1944, when Republican candidate Thomas Dewey said a potential 16-year term for Roosevelt was a threat to democracy.
They’re trying so hard. So, so, SO SO hard.
It would be sad if it weren’t so hilarious.
Not even close. https://t.co/WfwDIkFYzA
— RBe (@RBPundit) April 1, 2019
But if we spin this tweet this way and that quote that way … yeah, no.
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) April 1, 2019
No. (I'm just here for the well-deserved ratio.)
— John Fenton (@jhfenton) April 1, 2019
When is she ever right? Come on. #AprilFools
— Mike (@BurghFinsFan) April 1, 2019
No, she wasn’t right. Just stop right there Newsweek.
— BGMorgan (@BGMorgan4) April 1, 2019
— Dave (@daveh302) April 1, 2019
Newsweek, the answer is no. Read the amendment, read a history book or talk to someone who has done so. FDR was dead, and if he had been living, it wouldn't have applied to him. It didn't apply to Truman either.
— Brad Koenig (@MavsLaker) April 1, 2019
Ok, so let’s pretend we take Newsweek seriously on this and argue their point.
The 22nd Amendment includes a “Grandfather Clause” that states it would not apply “to any person holding the office of President, when this Article was proposed by the Congress” so even with this asinine interpretation by @Newsweek, FDR would have been immune to the amendment…
— Garrett Gray (@garrettdgray) April 1, 2019
So yeah, STILL WRONG.
This is so embarrassing. It's like when Trump cultists justified the claim that there were millions of illegal votes because there were some examples of illegal votes.
They are claiming she is right by changing what she actually said… https://t.co/giu7fS1ha9
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) April 1, 2019
It's dumber than that. Apparently @CallumPaton1 hasn't read the 22nd Amendment. By its own terms, it wouldn't have applied to FDR if he was still president when it was ratified. Truman could've kept running and running for reelection cc @PolitiBunny pic.twitter.com/irOWRITwQX
— (((Aaron Worthing))) (@AaronWorthing) April 1, 2019
But nice try, Newsweek.
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