Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hit back at NBC News for promoting a “false and divisive narrative” early Wednesday after the network posted a misleading tweet that made it seem like Ocasio-Cortez’s nomination of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) at the Democratic convention meant that she was not supporting Joe Biden, even though the New York congresswoman has previously endorsed the Democratic nominee.
“In one of the shortest speeches of the DNC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not endorse Joe Biden,” NBC News wrote in a tweet published Tuesday during the convention.
Ocasio-Cortez did not mention Biden in her brief remarks during the convention — but her nomination of Sanders was entirely symbolic, and standard practice at conventions.
The second place finisher — in this case, Sanders — is typically symbolically honored, and Ocasio-Cortez was scheduled to be Sanders
After facing widespread backlash online, NBC News deleted the tweet several hours after it was originally published.
Ocasio-Cortez ripped the network for posting the tweet and waiting hours to delete it, accusing the network of attempting to “generate hate-clicks from a pre-recorded, routine procedural motion” and sparking an “enormous amount of hatred and vitriol.”
In a follow-up message, NBC News said it “should have included more detail on the nominating process” in the tweet and clarified it “deleted the tweet to prevent its further spread.”
99. The number of seconds Ocasio Cortez spoke for on Tuesday night, less airtime than the DNC gave to some Republicans, such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Nominating speeches are typically shorter and procedural, but the DNC could have provided more airtime to Ocasio-Cortez at another moment during the convention.
“In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment and lack of health care . . . and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said during the convention Wednesday, nominating Sanders.
Ocasio-Cortez was an avid supporter of Sanders during the 2020 primary, but the New York congresswoman has said she will support Biden in November and made that clear in tweets on Tuesday. However, her brief remarks Tuesday struck a different tone than the progressive candidate she supported, Sanders, who used his speaking time on Monday to plead with Democrats to back Biden for president. “The future of our democracy is at stake,” Sanders said, warning about what he suggested would be the dire consequences of electing Trump in November. A day later, Ocasio-Cortez used her airtime to speak about progressive values, and “repair[ing] the wounds of racial injustice, colonization, misogyny and homophobia.” After Sanders dropped out of the race in April, Ocasio-Cortez indicated she would vote for Biden, but only after a “process of coming together” that she said “should be uncomfortable for everyone involved.