There was a mighty clash on Twitter this week as two House representatives went at it over which one of them understood less about the Constitution. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) got into it this week after the socialist freshman told an MSNBC town hall that Republicans rushed to amend the Constitution because Democrats and FDR were just too damn popular in the wake of World War II.
“When our party was boldest, the time of the New Deal, the Great Society, the Civil Rights Act and so on, we had, and carried, supermajorities in the House, in the Senate. We carried the presidency,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “They had to amend the Constitution of the United States to make sure Roosevelt did not get reelected.”
Calling Ocasio-Cortez out on her ignorance is almost low-hanging fruit at this stage of the game, but as long as she keeps getting an outsized slice of adoring media attention, it’s still a game worth playing. This time around, Cheney decided it was her turn to knock this socialist bimbo off her arrogant perch.
“We knew the Democrats let dead people vote,” Cheney tweeted. “According to AOC, they can run for president too.”
Cheney was referring to the fact, of course, that Republicans passed the 22nd Amendment in 1947, two years after Roosevelt died in office.
Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t take kindly to being corrected, though, and she lashed out in predictable style.
“Hey Rep. Cheney, I see from your dead people comment that you get your news from Facebook memes, but the National Constitution Center + Newsweek are just two of many places where you can clarify your misunderstanding of the history of the 22nd Amendment,” she wrote.
A visit to the National Constitution Center does reveal a (small) argument in favor of Ocasio-Cortez’s point, noting that debate about imposing term limits on the presidency began while FDR was still in the White House. However, that doesn’t change the fact that passing (much less ratifying) the amendment had nothing at all to do with the “boldness” of the Democratic Party.
“Hey AOC,” Cheney replied, “I know you’re busy so I thought this short would be helpful to introduce you to the basics of the Constitution. If you’re still trying to figure out how a bill becomes a law, they have a great video on that, too.”
She included a link to the famous Schoolhouse Rock video, of course.
Will Ocasio-Cortez watch the video? Or is she too busy figuring out how to regenerate grain so that we can cut down on cow flatulence?
The world waits to find out.