No, AOC didn’t tweet this about closing businesses until after the election

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not tweet about keeping businesses closed to disrupt President Donald Trump’s reelection.

June 25, 2020
Category: Fact-Checking

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On the same day U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced — and defeated — a primary challenger, a fake tweet from the New York congresswoman went viral.

Actor James Woods was among those who shared a screenshot purporting to show a deleted Ocasio-Cortez tweet about keeping businesses closed to disrupt President Donald Trump’s reelection. She never tweeted that.

It looks like she did, though, in an image being shared on Facebook. “She deleted it but not before it was shared over 20,000 times,” reads a description of the tweet.

The tweet itself says: “It’s vital that Governors (sic) 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 post in the image is dated May 20, 2020.

PolitiFact found no evidence that Ocasio-Cortez tweeted this. We rate this post Pants on Fire.

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