Since her upset primary victory in the summer of 2018, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been a favorite target of Republicans due to her unabashed progressive agenda.
Whether it's her calls for an overhaul in climate change policy or guaranteeing medical care for any resident of the United States, virtually every Republican politician from the President on down has invoked the specter of so-called socialist policies from the congresswoman known colloquially as "AOC."
All too often, the smears they lob against her aren't even true.
Such was the case when Fox & Friends cohost Brian Kilmeade targeted Ocasio-Cortez in a now-deleted tweet.
The tweet falsely portrays AOC as writing:
"It's vital that Governors maintain restrictions on businesses until after the November Elections because economic recovery will help Trump be re-elected. A few business closures or job losses is a small price to pay to be free from his presidency. #KeepUsClosed"
The tweet was obviously false, and AOC even adressed it last month when it first began making the rounds.
She was none too happy about having to repeat herself for the likes of Kilmeade, and she called him out directly.
After deleting the tweet without comment, Kilmeade apologized, incorrectly referring to AOC as "Rep. Cortez."
People—including the congresswoman—continued to roast him.
@kilmeade Wish I could say I appreciate the effort, but you didn’t even get my name right.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1595301033.0
@kilmeade Don’t forget your mask, Brian! https://t.co/H4WUk3e02C— James Ryan DiBlasi (@James Ryan DiBlasi)1595334598.0
@kilmeade Delete your account— Jana Pochop (@Jana Pochop)1595342672.0
@kilmeade Your network needs to put out one big apology for just being on air.— Robin Peters (@Robin Peters)1595343744.0
@kilmeade Don't start apologizing for errors now, you only have so much air time— MemeWrangler (@MemeWrangler)1595343749.0
@kilmeade You should have left it up so we can ridicule you— cory joseph (@cory joseph)1595343365.0
@kilmeade Not an error, typical fox news spreading misinformation. AOC spanked you haha.— Nicholas Pearce (@Nicholas Pearce)1595334781.0
It's unclear how many people saw the tweet before Kilmeade removed it.