FACT CHECK: Was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Thrown Out Of Congress?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on Facebook claims Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was purportedly thrown out of Congress after pulling “humiliating stunts.”

Verdict: False

The video’s caption is inaccurate. The twelve-minute video features two unrelated clips and neither of them mentions the purported claim.

Fact Check:

Ocasio-Cortez said her office receives an “astronomical” amount of threats daily, prompting heightened security and photos of purported offenders, according to the New York Times. The New York lawmaker recently criticized Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, over his “death con 3” tweet that was seen as anti-Semitic, The Hill reported.

The Facebook video, viewed 21,000 times, claims Ocasio-Cortez was purportedly thrown out of Congress over recent events. “AOC 𝐏𝐔𝐋𝐋𝐒 𝐇𝐔𝐌𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐬 in 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬, Gets 𝐓𝐇𝐑𝐎𝐖𝐍 Out,” the video’s caption reads.

The video’s caption is inaccurate. There are no credible news reports to suggest Ocasio-Cortez has been expelled or that any motions to expel her had been considered by the House. Likewise, the claim is not mentioned on Ocasio-Cortez or The Democrats’ verified social media accounts.

Congress.gov, the official website that tracks bills and voting records, still lists Ocasio-Cortez as the representative for New York’s 14th congressional district. No such motion to expel her from congress has been introduced.

The twelve-minute video features two unrelated clips and neither of them mentions the purported claim.

In the first clip, Ocasio-Cortez accuses Republicans of wanting to adjourn a 2019 House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on clean cars and fuel efficiency rollbacks. When Ocasio-Cortez finishes speaking, Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib discusses conversations she has with school-age children around clean air.

In the second clip, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz questions a Department of Justice official on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that was used to spy on former President Donald Trump’s 2016 political campaign. (RELATED: Did Jim Jordan Tell Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez To ‘Go Back To Bartending?’)

Check Your Fact has contacted Ocasio-Cortez’s office for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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