On September 26 2022, as Hurricane Ian entered the news cycle, screenshots of a tweet attributed to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) about gas station lines and electric cars circulated — again:
— MAGA PATRIOT David (@DavidKotiw) September 27, 2022
Text of the tweet (dated “30/08/2019”) followed a familiar template — in which Rep. Ocasio-Cortez purportedly proposed that charging electrical vehicles would be easier than simply getting gas in the event of a long power outage:
I see people are rushing out to fill up their cars for this hurricane at the gas station This wouldn’t be an issue if they had electric cars. If the power is out for a week how are they going to get gas? We need to start planning ahead and moving forward
“If power is out for a week how are you going to charge that electric car? 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇”
“You aoc never cease to amaze me in your Stupidity! Duh, Electric cars need electric to run, NO POWER from storm, NO charging electric car!!!!! Go back to dancing on bar tops”
“Apparently AOC believes electric cars run on skittles and unicorn farts.”
“I see AOC is still saying stupid stuff like this post where she shame people who can’t afford electric cars. That wouldn’t be an issue if she only had a brain. She need to start planning ahead, maybe pay someone to think for her.”
AOC says electric cars would solve problems in Ian evacuation because you wouldn't need gas. So lithium batteries don't lose power while sitting in traffic?
— RotterdamNole (@nynole55) September 27, 2022
Oh hi @RepAOC @AOC saw your earlier tweet about why electric cars are better during a hurricane. Sending a little knowledge your way. Also, if the electricity goes out no one can charge their car… stop the rhetoric! #WakeUpAmerica https://t.co/OYiJwR4IKu
— Kitty Qat (@KittyCa18601486) September 27, 2022
Preposterous and otherwise bombastic fabricated quotes attributed to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez were common on social media. Previous examples include debunked claims that she said that former U.S. President Donald Trump only “kept his promises” to win re-election, that if owning guns was a right it would “be in the Constitution,” that it was possible to land on the sun if you “go at night,” that “all the technology in the world” wouldn’t enable people to build a wall “in the mountains,” and more broadly that she “forgot to vote” on “her own bill.” Much of the disinformation around Ocasio-Cortez seems geared toward making her appear thoughtless or ignorant.
The image has been around at least since Aug. 31 , when Sebastian Gorka, a former official in President Donald Trump’s administration, asked on Twitter if Ocasio-Cortez really tweeted that.
“Nope,” Ocasio-Cortez replied.
Searching through her recent tweets, we saw nothing like the image in the Facebook post. We also didn’t see it on Politwoops, which tracks deleted tweets by public officials.
We rate this Facebook post False.
On September 26 2022, a tweet about hurricanes and electric cars was again attributed to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) on Twitter. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was frequently the target of outlandish fabricated quote memes and tweets, falsehoods almost always structured to contain an extremely obvious (yet always clearly articulated) logical flaw. The tweet originally circulated and was debunked in September 2019.