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Did AOC Say 'It's Okay to Eat Pets' if Food Runs Scarce?

Inflammatory, fabricated quotes have been making their way around social media.

Published May 14, 2020

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 06: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., talks with reporters after a news conference in the Capitol with Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich.,  on the "EV Freedom Act, which would create a nationwide electric vehicle charging infrastructure on Thursday, February 6, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) ( Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it's "okay to eat pets" if food runs scarce.

On May 9, 2020, the BIZ News website published a story reporting that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., stated that it was "okay to eat pets" if food runs scarce.

The story circulated on Facebook, prompting Snopes readers to ask whether Ocasio-Cortez, often called by her initials AOC, had really made the remark quoted in the headline: "If Food Runs Scarce, It's Okay To Eat Pets."

The story also contained another purported quote from Ocasio-Cortez:

Ocasio-Cortez did not make these comments, which have not been quoted or referenced in any legitimate news sources. We therefore rate this claim false.

BIZ News is a junk news website with a track record of fabricating inflammatory quotes and attributing them to Democratic political figures, including a fake quote attributed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stating that senior citizens were "not entitled to Social Security."

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more