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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke February 7, 2022

No, this isn’t a real AOC quote about truckers

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  • A dismissive quote about truckers that’s attributed to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., originated on a satire site.

In 2019, we fact-checked a false claim that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., ranted against truck drivers, saying they were "destroying America." It originated on a satire site, and so did another quote that’s now being shared on social media and falsely attributed to her. 

"AOC: ‘I don't need truckers. I get my food from the grocery store,’" reads a screenshot of what looks like a news headline. Some people are clearly in on the joke. Others aren’t so sure. 

"Idiot," one person wrote. "That’s how it got to the store was a truck driver."  

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The headline appeared on Genesius Times, a site that calls itself "the most reliable source of fake news on the planet." 

We looked for reports that Ocasio-Cortez has commented on the so-called "Freedom Convoy" of truck drivers protesting vaccine mandates in Canada but found none. 

We rate claims that this quote is authentic Pants on Fire!

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