We all have people in our lives that exaggerate things to a horrific degree and when they are found out to be complete and total liars end up trying to tell you that they were merely joking.
It goes the same way for when people try to set a length of time to something that is completely illogical. For example, there is something that I personally have to deal with on a regular basis that will call me with a work related issue and I will say that I might be able to have the issue taken care of in the next twenty minutes. Thirteen minutes later they will call me back and say that I have taken two hours. It makes them look ridiculous…
“Just kidding, LOL.”
We’ve all heard kids or teenagers say this before, usually as a way to brush off something ridiculous they said. It goes like this: Say something foolish, then when people react to the dumb thing that was said, quickly pretend it was just a joke.
This is cute when a 10-year-old does it. By the time someone is approaching adulthood, however, it grows tiresome.
The reason, of course, is that we expect grown-ups to say what they mean and mean what they say — especially when dealing with serious topics that affect other people.
But it looks like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has more in common with immature 10-year-olds than serious adults.
After previously declaring that the world would end in 12 years unless we let socialists like her run the economy, the New York bartender-turned-congresswoman had a very lame follow-up: Just kidding.
Back in January, Ocasio-Cortez made waves after she declared, “the world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”
She seemed deadly serious when she said it, even comparing it to World War II, but was roundly mocked for the absurdity of the statement.
Yet on Sunday, the Democratic lawmaker tried to reel that line back in using social media.
Complaining that conservatives fact-checked another one of her statements on income inequality — how dare they! — Ocasio-Cortez implied that her “12 years” claim was just, like, sarcasm, or like, whatever.
“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it,” she wrote.
“Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows.”
Translation: I didn’t really mean the world is going to end in 12 years, when I said the world is going to end in 12 years. You’re just a dumb-dumb if you thought me saying that into a microphone was meant to be serious.
It would be one thing if this were a comedian or, say, a satire outlet pointing out that they aren’t supposed to be taken literally.
But Ocasio-Cortez is a sitting congresswoman, elected to do a very serious job. Is she just now realizing that it isn’t a game?
And here’s the kicker: She repeated the “12 years” claim multiple times, and even called out people who thought it was a joke.