Fact Check

No, US Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Omar Didn't Vow to Axe Social Security and Medicare

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published Dec. 30, 2019

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 04: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., arrive for a group photos with Democratic women members of the House on the East Front of the Capitol on January 4, 2019. Omar is holding a Congressional Black Caucus jacket bearing her name. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have vowed to end "senior entitlements" like Social Security and Medicare.

On May 7, 2019, the website Daily World Update published an article positing that U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, are planning to take public benefits like Social Security and Medicare away from senior citizens.

Ocasio-Cortez And Omar Vow To Remove Senior’s ‘Entitlements’, Social Security/Medicare

Young newcomers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the socialist, and Ilhan Omar, the Muslim, have an agenda. They intend to screw over our greatest generation by removing from them everything that we have earned over the years. They do not work for the betterment of the nation. They only look out for themselves.

The two held a joint press conference yesterday to announce their intention to remove from senior citizens what they termed “entitlements“, such as Social Security and Medicare. Omar showed her lack of class and understanding of how America works when she stepped up to the microphone.

“America is for the young. It is the youth of this country that work to make it great. They are productive and tax paying. They contribute … unlike our senior citizens who only take. Retirees are dead weight.”

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