We spend a lot of time here mocking Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her staggering ignorance on, well, just about everything. But underneath her ignorance lurks something more sinister: the potential to do serious, long-term damage.

Earlier today, Charlotte Alter, who wrote TIME’s new cover story on AOC, tweeted this:

While it may not be the point Alter is trying to make, AOC and her minions’ desire to send the U.S. hurtling leftward is indeed born of historical illiteracy.

And AOC is full-on embracing that historical illiteracy:

Aside from the fact that AOC is, as usual, disingenuously suggesting that her “story” is one of suffering under American policies:

Her B.S. also contains an element of truth: Historically ignorant young people like her are champing at the bit to take this country in a scary direction because they’ve chosen to not know any better.

Fortunately, not every member of AOC’s generation has swallowed the socialist pill. Our best chance to combat the policies AOC and her ilk are advocating for is to make sure the rest of her generation isn’t nearly as willing as she is to pretend history never happened.