The Left finally found their champion to stand up against the Right’s Fox News host Tucker Carlson, or so they thought.
Robert Hockett is a Cornell University Law School professor and top advisor to Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and recently challenged Carlson, as many people from the Left do, to an open debate on the congresswoman’s Green New Deal.
Kickstarting the debate, Carlson asked Hockett about a line from the proposal’s summary and FAQ page about providing “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
The line seems brazen and foolish to Carlson, who asked why the congresswoman would support it.
Hockett sharply replied that the line was taken from parody FAQs being pushed by the right online and that the congresswoman never would support it, Fox News reports.
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The FAQ stated that the program will provide “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” and also noted, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
The FAQ, which Ocasio-Cortez’s office removed from her website amid online backlash (although it is still available on NPR’s website) additionally stated, “This is a massive transformation of our society with clear goals and a timeline” at a “scale not seen since World War 2.” In another section, the FAQ stated that it had set a goal of net-zero, rather than zero, national emissions in 10 years “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”
Carlson asked Hockett at the outset of the interview: “Why would we ever pay people who are ‘unwilling to work’?”
In a head-turning moment heard around the Internet, Hockett replied flatly, “Uh, we never would, right? And AOC has never said anything like that, right? I think you’re referring to some sort of document — I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating. … She’s actually tweeted it out to laugh at it, if you look at her latest tweets. It seems apparently, some Republicans have put it out there. I don’t know the details.”
Hockett was seemingly referencing a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday which reads: “When your #GreenNewDeal legislation is so strong that the GOP has to resort to circulating false versions, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway.”
The tweet (seen below) shared a picture of one of the fake parody FAQs.
“The parody versions cited by Ocasio-Cortez in the tweet did not contain any reference to providing economic security for those ‘unwilling to work,'” Fox News reports, as Carlson referenced during the interview.
Carlson and Hockett clashed over the question before the Fox News host admitted the info he had could be erroneous and moved on from the question.
Here’s more, from Fox News:
Later in the interview, Hockett doubled down that Ocasio-Cortez’s official FAQ did not include a reference to a guarantee of universal economic stability even for those “unwilling” to work: “Definitely not. That’s erroneous. It’s the wrong document. That’s not us.”
The exchange prompted a flurry of support for Hockett on social media among liberal audiences. The left-wing activist group Media Matters for America wrote, “Watch what happens when Tucker Carlson steps outside the conservative media bubble and gets fact-checked on Green New Deal falsehoods.”
The Left’s celebration was short-lived, however, when Ocasio-Cortez’s chief-of-staff Saikat Chakrabarti seemingly admitted posting the FAQ, but said it was done so in error.
“But on Saturday morning, chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted that the FAQ page was indeed posted by the Ocasio-Cortez staff but was done so in error. He called the page ‘an early draft of an FAQ that was clearly unfinished’ and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake (idea was to wait for launch, monitor q’s, and rewrite that FAQ before publishing),” the Washington Examiner reports.
“An early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND [Green New Deal] resolution got published to the website by mistake,” Chakrabarti tweeted. “But what’s in the resolution is the GND.”
So, the FAQ Carlson was citing was true.
And, as a result, Hockett walked back everything he said during the Carlson debate.
“It appears there was more than one document being discussed yesterday, only one of which I had heard about with any definiteness by last evening after a long day of media appearances – namely, the one referred to by the Congresswoman in her tweet,” Hockett said in an email to the Daily Caller, as Fox News reports. “I regret that we seem unknowingly to have ended up speaking about different documents for a minute during our longer and otherwise ‘on-the-same-page’ conversation last night.”
Watch the interview below: