Robert Hockett, a Cornell professor and adviser to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal, sparred with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Friday over some of the claims in the initial FAQ her office had released.
Tucker Carlson pressed Hockett on one section in particular — which offered protections for those “unwilling to work” — and asked, “Why would we ever pay people who are ‘unwilling to work?'”
“We never would, right, and AOC has never said anything like that,” Hockett responded. “I think you’re referring to some sort of document that some – I think some doctored document that somebody other than us has been circulating.”
“I thought that came right from her. That was in the backgrounder from her office is my understanding,” Carlson responded.
Hockett insisted, pointing to the congresswoman’s tweet on false versions going around.
Later during the interview, Carlson returned to this topic and said “The ‘unwilling to work’ thing was in her backgrounder. That has been absolutely confirmed.”
“No, definitely not. Definitely not,” Hockett said.
Carlson clarified, “So NBC and lots of other news outlets are saying that that was in the backgrounder and you’re saying it’s fraudulent.”
“That’s erroneous,” Hockett responded.
Carlson was citing the initial Green New Deal FAQ released by Ocasio-Cortez’s office which did have a line about guaranteeing “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”
Here’s a web archive of the link.
The line is not in the text of the eventual resolution, but it was in that FAQ, which is now deleted. WaPo reporter Jeff Stein commented on the issue:
The video of her adviser’s denial to Tucker Carlson was retweeted by Ocasio-Cortez: