On Aug. 30, 2019, as Hurricane Dorian was projected to strengthen to a Category 3 storm before hitting the state of Florida, social media users began sharing a purported tweet from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez written in response to pictures of people lining up to stockpile gas. In that tweet, Ocasio-Cortez supposedly advocated electric cars over conventional internal combustion automobiles, questioning how drivers would fill their vehicles with gasoline in the approach and aftermath of a hurricane “if the power is out for a week”:
Moreover, although the posted image displays that the tweet in question was reputedly retweeted some 543,000 times, we found no genuine retweets of it on Twitter — just users sharing it in image form:
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Patriots unite… I’m trying a new way to unite us. It’s as easy as, Retweet and Follow…
Retweet this image to participate and Follow the Retweeters…
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***(The power is in the Retweets)***
Thank you 😊 pic.twitter.com/qardIJxddN
— EweGot 🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@GregNorberg) August 30, 2019
All of this evidence indicates the tweet was just a fabricated barb aimed at making Ocasio-Cortez look foolish.