Fact Check

Did AOC Tweet 'We Should Just Print the $34 Trillion and Pay Off Our National Debt'?

"These are the people in charge folks," one X user replied.

Published Feb. 15, 2024

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Claim:
In February 2024, AOC tweeted: "We should just print the 34 trillion dollars and pay off our national debt."

On Feb. 14, 2024, a post attributed to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – better known as AOC – on X (formerly Twitter) went viral in which she appeared to say: "We should just print the 34 trillion dollars and pay off our national debt." The post received more than 263,600 views and 4,900 likes, as of this writing. "These are the people in charge folks," one user replied.

What some users may not have realized was that the account is a labeled parody account posing as the politician. Her real X account can be seen here. Besides the handle of the parody account specifying this – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Press Release (parody) – Ocasio-Cortez herself addressed the fact that this particular account is fake in May 2023. 

Elon Musk, the CEO of X at the time, did reply with a "fire" emoji to a post by the parody account in which Ocasio-Cortez appeared to say: "This might be the wine talking, but I've got a crush on @elonmusk." The original tweet is no longer available on the parody account, but our newsroom captured the exchange for another story pertaining to the same account in May 2023. Musk's account is the only one the parody account follows, as of this writing.

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We've previously reported on other rumors involving Ocasio-Cortez, such as that she became a multi-millionaire after serving four years in Congress and that she said "you're a white supremacist" if you watched Tucker Carlson's Putin interview.

For background, here is why we sometimes write about satire/humor.

Sources

Emery, David. 'No, AOC Didn't Say "Printing Money Is the Only Way Out of Inflation"'. Snopes, 30 May 2023, https://www.snopes.com//fact-check/aoc-printing-money-only-way-out-of-inflation/.

'Https://Twitter.Com/AOC'. X (Formerly Twitter), https://twitter.com/AOC. Accessed 15 Feb. 2024.

'Https://Twitter.Com/AOCpressTwo'. X (Formerly Twitter), https://twitter.com/AOCpressTwo. Accessed 15 Feb. 2024.

Taija PerryCook is a Seattle-based journalist who previously worked for the PNW news site Crosscut and the Jordan Times in Amman.