It’s been a few months since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez kicked off her Green New Deal crusade with an epic faceplant, but her defenders are still trying to spin it as a win.

Over the weekend, CNN’s Brian Stelter shared a New York Times piece on GOP messaging featuring what we can only assume was supposed to pass for insight by Democratic pollster Celinda Lake:


It is not clear whether any of the Republican messaging is having an impact on voters outside of the president’s so far unmovable base. But Ms. Lake said that as she surveyed likely 2020 swing voters, she was surprised to hear people in focus groups repeat false assertions made by the president and his allies — that Democrats would end air travel in the United States and shut down dairy farms and beef production because of greenhouse gas emissions from cows.

“It’s amazing the number of people who would volunteer that,” she said. The actual language in the proposal calls for cleaner transportation and agriculture “as much as is technologically feasible.” The misperception about cows and airplanes originated with a now-retracted fact sheet published by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office that contained an ironic aside about getting rid of “farting cows and airplanes.”

So, Republicans taking key bits of AOC’s embarrassing Green New Deal FAQ and running with them are making “false assertions”? Color freelance conservative journalist Jeryl Bier … whatever color it is when you’re not buying what someone’s selling:


Oh, they definitely do.

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