Sarah Palin slams Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'fumbling basic civics,' and Twitter evokes 2008

Elise Solé

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin taunted Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for “fumbling basic civics” when discussing politics — and Twitter took us back to 2008. 

The former Republican vice presidential candidate tweeted a blog post published on her website Monday that read, “Ocasio-Cortez again proved that her transition into the political fray has been bumpy, to say the least, as she recently fumbled basic civics twice in one sentence… Ocasio-Cortez mistakenly said Congress has three chambers during a video call uploaded to social media. She quickly corrected herself in the subsequent sentence before then misidentifying the ‘three chambers of government.’”

During a recent video call with Justice Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez said, “If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress. Rather, all three chambers of government, the presidency, the Senate and the House in 2020, we can’t start working in 2020.” 

Ocasio-Cortez took a beating for the brain freeze, forcing her to address the slip on Twitter Sunday. “Maybe instead of Republicans drooling over every minute of footage of me in slow-mo, waiting to chop up word slips that I correct in real-time, they actually step up enough to make the argument they want to make: that they don’t believe people deserve a right to healthcare,” she wrote. 

But then Ocasio-Cortez’s defenders came for Palin, evoking her 2008 interview with Katie Couric which was greatly criticized for revealing her apparent lack of knowledge on basic politics. 

When asked by Couric which newspapers and magazines Palin reads, she answered, “I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media…” When pressed by Couric to specify, Palin answered, “All of them, any of them that have been in front of me over the years… I have a vast variety of sources.”

In an October 2008 interview with television station KUSA, Palin was asked to define the role of the vice president, and she wrongly answered, “[T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.” 

During a 2010 interview with conservative political commentator Glen Beck, Palin misidentified North Korea as a U.S. ally, saying in part, “…But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies — we’re bound to by treaty…” She was corrected by her interviewer who stated, “South Korea” to which Palin answered, “Yes, and we’re also bound by prudence to stand with our South Korean allies, yes.”

Palin was also raked over the coals for a vague answer she gave Couric in 2008 when asked to name a Supreme Court case, aside from Roe v. Wade, with which she disagreed. Palin answered,  “Well, let’s see. There’s — of course — in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are — those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there.”

When Couric asked her to clearly answer the question, Palin said, “Well, I could think of — of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a vice president, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.”

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