A fake tweet circulating online attributes a made-up statement about hurricane preparation to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Two popular targets for misinformation — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and major weather events — have been combined in one recent falsehood.
A fake tweet created as some states on the east coast prepared for Hurricane Dorian claims that Ocasio-Cortez posted this on her Twitter page: “I see people are rushing out to fill up their cars for this hurricane at the gas station This wouldn’t be an issue if they had electric cars. If the power is out for a week how are they going to get gas? We need to start planning ahead and moving forward.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who has made a reputation for herself as an environmental advocate, didn’t post that message.
But the phony tweet has been circulating on Facebook — where it was shared by the Libertarian and Republican parties of Jefferson County, Colorado, and by the Republican Party of Elbert County, Colorado — and Twitter, where one account rephrased the claim as a quote from the congresswoman and it was retweeted a thousand times.
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