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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a regular target for fabricated quotes that seem designed to make her look dumb. A new one surfaced on Facebook on March 30 that appears to quote the congresswoman arguing against daylight saving time.
"If we change our times with the sole intent of increasing the amount of daylight we receive, that’s an extra hour of sun shine," reads the post, which is shared as an image. "That’s one extra hour per day of extra heat warming our already unstable planet. We need to repeal Daylight Savings Time as a primary measure to decrease the rate of climate change. Less hours of sun shine equal less heat hitting Earth’s surface. We’re running out of time!"
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) Some people commenting on the post seemed to believe Ocasio-Cortez said this.
"I know crackheads on the corner smarter," one person wrote.
"Another product of public education," said someone else, adding a face-palm emoji.
But the Facebook image also cites a story on the website NPC Daily that claims "Daylight Savings Time is at odds with the Green New Deal," a resolution Ocasio-Cortez introduced in February outlining ideas to tackle climate change.
However, NPC Daily is not real news.
"This entire website is satire and not meant to be taken seriously," according to the site.
But that’s unclear from the Facebook post, which doesn’t provide a link to the story.
Over here in reality, some lawmakers have taken positions on daylight saving time. U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, for instance, recently introduced legislation that would make daylight saving time permanent across the country.
Ocasio-Cortez, meanwhile, tweeted about daylight saving time on March 8.
"PSA," she wrote, "Daylight Savings is this weekend!"
She was retweeting the New York City mayor’s office, which reminded people that clocks skip ahead an hour and said: "We’re looking FORWARD to more sunshine in the evenings!"
We rate this Facebook post as Pants on Fire!
Facebook post, March 30, 2019
PolitiFact, "No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez probably didn’t say that," March 27, 2019
Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," updated March 30, 2019
Marco Rubio’s website, "Senators Rubio, Scott, Representative Buchanan introduce bill to make daylight saving time permanent," March 6, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet, March 8, 2019
NYC Mayor’s Office tweet, March 8, 2019
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