DId U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, "We pay soldiers way too much."

DId U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, "We pay soldiers way too much."

    A frequent publisher of junk news and inflammatory misinformation targeted U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in July 2019, falsely claiming that she had said us pays soldiers “way an excessive amount of .” 
    On July 16, Taters Gonna Tate posted a piece of writing with the headline “Ocasio-Cortez on the Budget: ‘We Pay Soldiers an excessive amount of,'” which reported that:


    “… Alexandra [sic] Ocasio-Cortez is fairly well-known for spouting out little ‘ideas’ that the majority of people would find out were, well, dumb. this point, it seems the Baby Boss has been perusing the proposed budget sheet for the upcoming months and had her little mind blown by what she saw, leading her to proclaim in an open session of Congress that: ‘Wow! We pay soldiers WAY too much!'”

    As of July 2019, Ocasio-Cortez has never said this, either during a session of Congress or in the other forum. The source of the fabricated article, Taters Gonna Tate, is a component of a network of web sites and social media accounts operated by Christopher Blair, who produces a high volume of junk news and misinformation, much of it inflammatory, which he presents as “satire.”

    On July 22, the Gretna local department in Louisiana fired two officers for his or her role in promulgating the article on Facebook alongside a message that seemed to encourage gun violence against Ocasio-Cortez.
    Officer Charlie Rispoli was fired after he posted the Taters Gonna Tate article, writing with it, “This vile idiot needs around … and that I don’t mean the type she wont to serve.” A second officer, Angelo Varisco, was fired after he “liked” Rispoli’s post. Gretna captain Arthur Lawson announced the firings at a news conference, adding that:

    “This incident, we feel, has been a humiliation to our department, that these officers have certainly acted during a manner which was unprofessional, alluding to a violent act to be conducted against a sitting U.S. Congressman, a member of our government. We’re not getting to tolerate that.”    

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