EXCLUSIVE: Editor calls out Ocasio-Cortez over her ‘Green New Deal’ draft now removed from website

BY TEAM DML / FEBRUARY 9, 2019 /

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A senior editor at The Federalist posted a series of Twitter posts Saturday afternoon, calling out Socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over the original draft of her “Green New Deal” which was posted on her website, then yanked down.

Even as Ocasio-Cortez touted the support of prominent Democrats, including many 2020 presidential candidates, it has been widely mocked for its promise to provide “economic security” for those “unable to unwilling to work.”  The draft also stated the commitment to eliminate “farting cows and airplanes.”

The document vanished from her website just hours after Ocasio-Cortez held a press conference announcing the deal, and her Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, posted on Twitter Saturday morning that the “errant FAQ” sheet was posted in error, and said it was just a “brainstorming document” that got leaked.

David Harsanyi, Senior Editor at The Federalist, blast out his comments in nearly a dozen Twitter posts on Saturday, as follows:

@AOC claims that at the Green New Deal FAQ was “an early draft” accidentally posted. Someone sent me the information from the PDF: It was created by AOC’s Chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti at 10:09.

Did Chakrabarti accidentally create a PDF of a draft and then accidentally post it? Did AOC accidentally keep up the FAQ for hours and hours while critics were dissecting it and forget to mention it was a draft?

Some people have emailed to accuse me of using a doctored and fake FAQ in my piece. It was not. All the quotes are in there. Anyone who buys their story is either a complete hack or blind.

Also, a number of major Democratic Party president hopefuls endorsed the Green New Deal when the public only had access to this supposed draft plan rather than the edited one. They supported the aims in the original draft.

And WHY in holy hell would you put a line about supporting people “unwilling to work” in a draft copy anyway? Why would you put any of that in a draft copy if you didn’t believe it?

And they sent the same “draft” memo to NPR? And NPR wrote a piece around the FAQ, and still they didn’t complain?

AOC could have said: “listen, we were too ambitious. we jumped the gun. we have to work towards these things. i’m learning.” instead, she concocted a ridiculous story — and some journalists (not all, etc) decided to cover for her.

If a bunch of Senators supported a Trump plan with a bunch of crazy goals in the FAQ,– which were public and widely shared–those Senators would be called on to answer for their support. And rightly so.

One Twitter user responded, writing, “That draft was such a joke, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was an “early” one. They could well have pdf’d the “wrong” one – but then they should post the updated/correct one asap. The fact that it wasn’t swapped out but just taken down is damning. Either way it’s amateur hour.”

Harsani replied, “It was up for hours and hours and widely talked about before being pulled.”

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