Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attacked Republicans for taking her too literally. She said she invoked “dry humor + sarcasm” when she claimed the the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.
So @AOC's idea of "dry humor + sarcasm" is… World War II?
Sorry, Congresswoman, but your punchlines are far too cerebral for sea sponges like me. pic.twitter.com/lc7CPTK0Kv
— JD Rucker (@JDRucker) May 12, 2019
She went so far as to say people taking her literally “have the social intelligence of a sea sponge” and we’re like Dwight from The Office.
But up until this point, she gave no indication in any of the many times she invoked the claim that she was being humorous or sarcastic. In one of her interviews regarding this claim, she seemed deadly serious about, saying:
“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: This world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it? This is the war – this is our World War II.”
If there’s dry humor or sarcasm in this statement, then I must be a sea sponge because I’m not seeing it. In fact, I’ll go ahead and call BS. She was being serious. She was being literal. She was not making a joke, and I say this in her defense because if she really finds humor in WWII or invoking it as a rallying call for climate change, then her sense of humor is widely askew of the norm.
This has been her trademark claim. Presidential candidates have echoed her exact sentiment. If she was using dry humor and sarcasm on an issue she claims is so important, how can we take anything she says seriously? Answer: We can’t.