Fact Check

No, AOC Didn't Say 'Printing Money Is the Only Way Out of Inflation'

A parody Twitter account pretending to publish statements by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caught a few users unawares.

Published May 30, 2023

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, "Printing money is the only way out of inflation."

In late May 2023, Twitter users began sharing a tweet attributed to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) in which she allegedly said, "Printing money is the only way out of inflation": 

printing money is the only way out of inflation (@PelosiIsADrunk/Twitter) 

printing money is the only way out of inflation (@Curmudgeon1836/Twitter) 

What many of the people who encountered this tweet didn't realize, however, was that the tweet wasn't genuine. It came from the @AOCpress Twitter account, the profile of which contains a "parody" disclaimer: 


Despite the label, some people were apparently fooled by the tweet and responded as if it were authentic. A similar fake tweet from the same account alleging that AOC wrote "Farming should be illegal" circulated around the same time. 

In a May 30 tweet from her official account, Ocasio-Cortez informed the public that the parody account was "impersonating" her and "releasing false policy statements," and noted that Twitter owner Elon Musk "has engaged it, boosting its visibility": 

This is the @AOCpress tweet that Musk engaged with: 

elon musk reply to tweet from aoc parody account (@elonmusk/Twitter)

Snopes has debunked many fake AOC tweets in the past. One fabricated screenshot that circulated during the COVID-19 pandemic, claimed that Ocasio-Cortez urged that businesses be kept closed until after the 2020 election. In another, she allegedly called for Democrats to commence with "The Purge" (a reference to the 2013 horror film) after U.S. President Joe Biden was elected.

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


Mikkelson, David. "Did AOC Tweet That Businesses Should Be Shut Down Until the Election?" Snopes, 23 June 2020, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/aoc-businesses-closed-tweet/.

Palma, Bethania. "No, AOC Didn't Tweet About 'The Purge.'" Snopes, 12 Jan. 2021, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fake-aoc-purge-tweet/.

David Emery is a West Coast-based writer and editor with 25 years of experience fact-checking rumors, hoaxes, and contemporary legends.