“They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., misspoke about the reason for presidential term limits during a Friday town hall event.
In an attempt to criticize Republicans of the time period, Ocasio-Cortez said they enacted term limits to prevent former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt from being re-elected.
“They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
The statement received immediate backlash on social media, with many observers pointing out that the constitutional amendment Ocasio-Cortez was referring to was passed in 1947, three years after FDR died while still in office.
Taking to Twitter after the New York Democrat made her remarks, Fox News contributor Guy Benson called the comments an “instant classic”.
lololol this is an instant classic https://t.co/U1QIGk4arn
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) March 31, 2019
Rudy Giuliani said the remarks showed Ocasio-Cortez was “clueless.”
AOC said: “They had to amend the Constitution…to make sure Roosevelt didn’t get re-elected.” Again she seems clueless. And of course a fawning media will not really cover it. Death not the the 22nd Amendment prevent FDR from running. The Amendment passed after FDR died.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) April 1, 2019
Another user argued that even if FDR were alive at the time, the amendment would not have applied to him.
Even if FDR were alive & President at the time the #22ndAmendment was passed & ratified, it still wouldn’t have applied to FDR.
“This Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by the Congress.”
— Andy Oats (@Coach_AOats) March 31, 2019
National Review editor Charles C. W. Cooke pointed out that amending the constitution takes a super majority to do, something that would be virtually impossible considering it would require supporters of the person seeking re-election to be on board.
Also, FDR was dead, and had been for six years by the time that the amendment, which exempted current office holders in toto, went into effect.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) March 31, 2019
This isn’t the first time Ocasio-Cortez has been in the spotlight for her tenuous relationship with the truth. A CNN article published in January casually fact-checked a dubious claim she made about climate change. Ocasio-Cortez, CNN noted, earnestly declared in an interview that “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
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