JUST JOKING? AOC Walks Back Claim Climate Change Will End The World in 12 Years

Embattled freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is apparently doing some much-needed damage control for her reeling political image.

Vox reported that Ocasio-Cortez, the social media star and self-identified democratic socialist, is fairly unpopular around the country.

Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday morning found that 23 percent of Americans had a favorable view of the member of Congress, while 36 percent had an unfavorable view — a -13 overall approval rating. Thirty-eight percent hadn’t heard enough about her to have an informed opinion.

This new poll isn’t a one-off finding. Three prior surveys — one in January from Morning Consult, one in February from Fox, and a third in mid-March from Gallup — all found that more Americans had negative views of AOC than had positive ones.

Back in January, AOC was mocked, when she declared that the world would end in 12 years if we didn’t “do something” about Climate Change.

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Now, the struggling young congresswoman is backtracking, saying that was all a joke.

From Breitbart 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed Sunday that people who believe the suggestion that the world will end in 12 years have the intelligence of a “sea sponge,” even though Ocasio-Cortez made that very claim in January.

Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Republicans too often mischaracterize her dry humor and “fact check” her jokes, claiming that they take them too literally. One of her alleged jokes includes a January claim that the world will end in 12 years if we do not address climate change, comparing it to a modern World War II-style struggle.

“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. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows,” Ocasio-Cortez said:

“I think that the part of it that is generational is that millennials and Gen-Z and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, ‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’ and your biggest issue is–your biggest issue is, ‘How are we going to pay for it?’” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And, like, this is the war; this is our World War II.”

 Readers can decide for themselves whether the progressive lawmaker meant for this to be a sarcastic joke or a serious claim about the alleged dangers of climate change.

In other climate change and Ocasio-Cortez related news, the New York congresswoman recently discovered what a garbage disposal is and asked whether the waste removal device is “environmentally sound.”

“I am told this is a garbage disposal,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I’ve never seen a garbage disposal. I never had one in any place I’ve ever lived. It is terrifying. I don’t know what to use it for, or what its purpose is.”

Ocasio-Cortez asked, “Is this environmentally sound?”