Snopes, like Politifact, has apparently decided that it’s more important to defend the so-called Squad of the House than it is to actually, uh, check facts. Last week, Politifact wrote an asinine piece “debunking” the claim that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was photographed crying over an “empty parking lot” when she was supposed to be observing poor, downtrodden migrants in detention. They clarified that AOC was actually looking out at a “road” that lead to the detention facility in question. Ah, that’s the kind of high-quality fact-checking we expect from Politifact.
But is Snopes any better? Not judging by this piece “fact-checking” President Trump, in which the site comes to the rescue of Omar and AOC after this tweet from the president: “Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party.”
Trump was citing a leaked poll from within the Democratic Party. Circulating around the Capitol, this poll of white general election voters with less than two years of college education showed that if AOC and Omar were to be perceived as the face of the Democratic Party, they could forget about winning back the Obama/Trump voters that cost them the Midwest in 2016. Did Trump say all of that in his tweet? No, he didn’t, so we wouldn’t necessarily blame Snopes for offering additional clarification. But to characterize his tweet as “mostly false” is an exercise in rank partisanship.
“We know of no credible polls that show Ocasio-Cortez or Omar have such low approval ratings now in their respective districts or in their overall popularity in the country,” they write.
Well, this poll was “credible” enough to freak out Democrats on the Hill. It was, after all, designed and deployed BY Democrats. Maybe it doesn’t speak for the Bronx or whatever Somalian enclave of Minnesota that sent Omar to Congress, but we see no evidence of it being less than credible. Snopes appears to only have a problem with the messenger – Trump – and the message: That the Squad is about to cost the Democrats any chance they once had of winning the White House.
That’s clear from their parting words, where they inform us: “A Siena College poll conducted between March 31 and April 4, 2019, meantime, showed voters in Ocasio-Cortez’s district have a generally favorable view of her, with a 47 percent job approval rating.”
Oh, she has a 47% approval rating in a Democrat-controlled district, and that’s “generally favorable”? How nice.
Snopes is apparently now content with simply publishing left-wing trash under the guise of “fact checking” the president. Sad!