Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pass the ‘Change Unfit New Textbooks Act’?

Robert Edward Lee was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army.

  • Published 20 January 2019

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez passed a 'Change Unfit New Textbooks Act' requiring that school textbooks be scrubbed of any mention of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

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On 20 January 2019 the ‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ posted a meme positing that freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had passed a ‘Change Unfit New Textbooks’ Act (a puerile acronym) requiring that school textbooks be scrubbed of any mention of Confederate General Robert E. Lee:

This meme was a complete fabrication. As of this writing, Ocasio-Cortez (who, like all members of Congress, can only propose legislation, not “pass” a bill on her own) had not yet sponsored any bills in the House. She was listed as a co-sponsor of some fifteen bills, none of them related to textbooks or Robert E. Lee.

America’s Last Line of Defense is part of a network of websites and social media accounts that publishes political disinformation under the guise of proffering “satire.”

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