Social media users are circulating a fabricated tweet allegedly from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.), in which she says that governors should maintain COVID-19-related business restrictions through November in order to prevent Donald Trump’s re-election. Ocasio-Cortez never tweeted this.
The posts purport that Ocasio-Cortez deleted a tweet from May 20, 2020 which said, “It’s vital that Governors maintain restrictions on businesses until after the November Elections because economic recovery will help Trump be re-elected. A few business closures or job losses is a small price to pay to be free from his presidency. #KeepUsClosed.”
On June 23, 2020, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez addressed the fictitious tweet on Twitter (here), writing, “I usually don’t tweet to correct fake posts about me [because] the right circulates so many, but needless to say the alleged ‘deleted’ reopening tweet people are saying I wrote is a photoshopped fake being circulated by Republicans. They tell lies because the truth isn’t on their side.”
Ocasio-Cortez represents New York’s 14th Congressional District, an epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. As reported by the New York Times, her district “includes the working-class immigrant clusters of the Bronx and Queens, has had 19,200 coronavirus cases as of April 30, more than all of Manhattan, despite having almost a million fewer people.” (here)
False. This alleged tweet from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is fabricated.
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