Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden adopted freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) view of disregarding facts in the name of feelings on Thursday at the opening day of the Iowa State Fair.
“We choose unity over division. We choose science over fiction. We choose truth over facts,” Biden told the crowd erupting in applause at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox.
Joe Biden: “we choose truth over facts”
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Biden’s new conviction in “truth over facts” mirrors the philosophy of the far left’s new star, Ocasio-Cortez, who has been on record saying facts do not matter when one is what she considers to be morally right.
In a “60 Minutes” interview with Anderson Cooper in January, the New York congresswoman was pressed on her claims about Pentagon spending that were fact-checked as false, with four Pinocchios, by the Washington Post. Ocasio-Cortez brushed off the criticism, arguing that her version of moral superiority is more important than getting the facts right.
“There’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“But being factually correct is important,” Cooper stated.
“It’s absolutely important. And whenever I make a mistake, I say, “Okay, this was clumsy,” and then I restate what my point was. But it’s – it’s not the same thing as – as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing at all,” Ocasio-Cortez said, trying to differentiate herself from the president.
“There's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” @AOC says in response to criticism that she’s made factual errors. https://t.co/sKf3sHl9F6 pic.twitter.com/xKc2eB7GEk
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 7, 2019
Biden’s comments come as the first round of polls emerging after the second set of Democratic primary debates in Detroit last week show him with a firm grip on his front-runner status in the crowded primary. Biden currently leads the field with an average of 31 percent support, according to Real Clear Politics’ latest aggregate of polls. Bernie Sanders comes in second far behind, at just less than 16 percent.