Republican conspiracy theorists have convinced themselves that Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has hired her boyfriend.
The truth is she just wants him to have access to her calendar, but the Right has convinced themselves that she's trying to cover up some sort of scheme.
The false claim of AOC hiring her boyfriend started on Friday morning when Luke Thompson, vice president of the Republican analytics firm Applecart, Tweeted a screenshot of AOC's boyfriend's government contact information.
While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the… https://t.co/vlRsZLrajF— Luke Thompson (@Luke Thompson) 1550238841.0
"While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly."
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, never one to shy away from a Twitter fight, quickly spoke up to clarify the situation.
@ltthompso Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spou… https://t.co/E7cRw17wtQ— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1550241905.0
She explained that by having government email, it allows him access into her Google Calendar.
She goes on to explain that:
"Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time."
AOC's chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti went on to further explain the situation.
"He's not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He's not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office."
People can't believe that conservatives are trying to make this into a thing.
man just wait until everyone who is loudly, righteously outraged over AOC's boyfriend getting a House email address… https://t.co/595ZNDZ7jg— Simon Maloy (@Simon Maloy) 1550249184.0
@Surabees @AOC This is just a listing of users matched to an email policy. As a person in IT, I can tell you this i… https://t.co/5kCRoxu9Ft— Ricardo (@Ricardo) 1550257893.0
Trump has all his kids sucking off the tit! Let's not be hypocrites!! https://t.co/61pq72rSWY— Rick Lang (@Rick Lang) 1550382990.0
.@AOC did not hire her boyfriend. Thank you, next. https://t.co/S9jqrhzwgs— Jeff Solnet (@Jeff Solnet) 1550263398.0
@AOC @ltthompso She got you bro. Haha— Tommy De La Torre (@Tommy De La Torre) 1550348267.0
Nice try, conservatives.
Let's focus on the real issues now, please?