We're starting to see in real time what it means to be a freshman Congresswoman who has no idea what she's doing or how she got here.
Yesterday socialist Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the House Financial Committee, was tasked with questioning the CEO of Wells Fargo Bank, a financial organization that's been engulfed in no shortage of scandals over the past couple years.
Despite their obvious flaws somehow AOC still managed to make them look good.
Wells Fargo was accused of creating millions of fraudulent accounts and charging their clients for services they didn't previously request. Maybe AOC didn't know that, because she tried to make the hearing into some sort of climate change summit. She seemed very confused.
Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan destroyed New York's AOC at the contentious hearing on Tuesday after the legislator accused the bank of "financing the caging of children" and suggested it should bear financial liability for everything from oil spills to climate change.
First AOC asked Wells Fargo if they should be held responsible for cleaning up a spill at the Dakota Pipeline. Of course, no such spill ever occurred and Wells Fargo doesn't operate the pipeline so her question was just a wee bit baffling.
Watch this exchange between the two individuals.
AOC asked Wells Fargo to pay for spills from a pipeline that never had any spills. Also, it's not their pipeline. What was she thinking?! Short answer: she wasn't. Someone told her to ask this question. AOC (or whoever wrote this script for AOC) thinks Wells Fargo should be held responsible for what happens at the Dakota Pipeline because they loaned the developer's money to build the infrastructure. By this logic unemployed New Yorkers can sue Boston University because they educated AOC before she chased thousands of jobs out of their district. Great job, AOC!
Next AOC asked Wells Fargo about "the caging of children," something Wells Fargo has never done. Her question on this subject sounded just as confused & bewildered as you might imagine. Wells Fargo's response was perfect.
Ocasio-Cortez's questions come as left wing agitators increasingly seek to "deplatform" political opponents by cutting off their funding from banks. Naturally this effort concerns conservatives and libertarians who feel the notion threatens free speech.
AOC's ignorance is obvious and it might just end up getting Trump re-elected. Maybe the Republicans should send her a gift basket?
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, pauses while questioning Tim Sloan, president and chief executive officer of Wells Fargo & Co., not pictured, during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Wells Fargo & Co. stock is underperforming Tuesday pre-market as Sloan prepares to appear before a House committee focused on what it's calling a 'pattern of consumer abuses.' Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images