Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) became the favorite target of conservative trolls after winning the election for the US House of Representatives. UU In November 2018. The first-year legislator was subjected to several false rumors, most of which focused on her inexperience (at age 29, she was the youngest woman elected to Congress), her financial status (previously a waitress before running for election) or, inexplicably, her dance moves.
On January 16, 2019, a day after Ocasio-Cortez announced that he would join the House Financial Services Committee, Facebook user Donn Johnson posted a message claiming that Ocasio-Cortez did not fit this position. and stated, without proof, that she had had two current accounts closed, that she had been subject to two "sheriff's evictions" and that her credit score was a low 430:
A credit score of 430 places a consumer in the "very poor" range of creditworthiness:
Although this message was published without any evidence to support their claims, many viewers accepted their unverified information as a fact and spread it on Facebook. The rumor was also picked up by an army of Twitter trolls who continued repeating the claim as if based on some kind of credible report:
However, repeating this statement over and over again did not make it true.
We found several dozen accounts that spread this rumor, but not one pointed to any kind of news report, interviews, financial records, witness statements, or anything else that resembled evidence. In addition to the lack of evidence, it should be borne in mind that it is highly unlikely that Johnson, a security officer living in Florida, will have access to information on the credit rating of Ocasio-Cortez, as this information can not be obtained by a third party without written consent under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Johnson stated that Ocasio-Cortez had been expelled from her home twice with the help of the sheriff's office. We did a background check on the congresswoman and found no mention of such an incident, no court case related to her housing arrangements or any irregularities in her housing history.
It was a rising political star in 2018. As such, several news outlets published profiles about it that detailed the education of Ocasio-Cortez, his education and his political motivations. We examined several of these stories and found no mention of their alleged "sheriff evictions," closed bank accounts or low credit scores.
Fox News, for example, published an article entitled "Who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? 5 things you should know about the New York congresswoman. " That article briefly referred to the financial history of Ocasio-Cortez and stated that, instead of facing evictions and closing accounts, he worked in several jobs to help support his family after his father's death:
She grew up in the Bronx and helped support her family after the death of her father.
Born in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez was raised by a Puerto Rican mother and a father who owned a small business. After her father died of cancer in 2008, Ocasio-Cortez worked in two jobs in the restaurant industry to help her family make ends meet.
After returning to the Bronx after college, Ocasio-Cortez pushed for more education and literacy in childhood, according to The New York Times. He also started an editorial that produced books that portrayed the Bronx in a positive way, reported The New York Daily News in 2012.
His education also helped him get into politics, he told Elite Daily.
"Politics was spoken at the table every day," he said. "It's culture: in Puerto Rico, politics is talked about all the time, even when people do not agree."
In general, we find nothing that indicates a financial irresponsibility in the background of Ocasio-Cortez, whose Financial Disclosure Report of April 2018 details a modest amount of badets and income, but also no other liabilities other than a federal student loan. We also note that low credit scores can be added not only to people with a poor credit history (ie, many unpaid or unpaid debts), but to people who simply have not accumulated their scores through such means as obtaining of loans for the creation of credits. and using credit cards.