Democratic socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced intense backlash on Tuesday after she decided to politicize Christmas by making false claims about Jesus.
“Joy to the World!” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)”
Joy to the World!
Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. 🌎(Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 25, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that Jesus was a refugee baby in a manger is categorically false, as Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain explains:
Mary and Joseph are not depicted as refugees in the Nativity story. According to the Gospel of Luke, Joseph brings the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem so that he may enroll in a census ordered by the Roman emperor Agustus. The couple are forced to take shelter in the stable where Jesus is born due to a lack of room at the inn.
The 29-year-old bartender turned far-left politician was mocked and criticized for not only making false claims about Jesus in order to score political points but also her willingness to politicize Christmas.
You really should read the Bible @Ocasio2018.
Mother Mary and St. Joseph were NOT refugees.
In fact, by traveling to The Town of King David as part of the Roman census, they were obeying national laws.
Exactly the opposite of a refugee or an Illegal Alien.
Facts: TRY THEM. https://t.co/9aDRyukdp9
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) December 25, 2018
Mary and Joseph weren't refugees, moron. They were on their way to pay their taxes, as mandated by Rome. You're now Rome, by the way. https://t.co/b2lCsQcy78
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) December 25, 2018
I really, really encourage you to read the Bible for yourself. You may be surprised by what God has to say about life inside the womb, the wisdom in border walls, and the dangers of tyranny! https://t.co/0fF0iSmdpt
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) December 25, 2018
Try going to church sweetie. I am praying for you. Joseph and Mary traveled to Bethlehem, the place of Joseph’s citizenship, to be counted in the census. They were not refugees. They have this thing called google that you can look stuff up on BEFORE you post.
— Mary Willis (@alaska_gurl64) December 26, 2018
This is what it looks like when you’re so angered and obsessed with Trump being elected President. You obnoxiously try to connect the biblical account of the birth of Christ to modern day immigration policies (inaccurately by the way), all under the guise of a Christmas tweet.
— Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) December 26, 2018
After getting hammered on social media, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted out one of the first articles that appeared on Google that she thought validated her claim:
For all the anti-immigrant pundits uncomfortable with and denying that Christ’s family were refugees, too: https://t.co/lLQCupyG3N
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 25, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez did not realize that the article that she tweeted out actually refuted her claim that Jesus was a refugee in a manger, i.e. at birth, as it spoke about the story of the “Flight into Egypt.”
“However, in the Gospel of Matthew, Mary and Joseph flee into Egypt with the infant Jesus after King Herod of Judea orders the murder of every boy aged two and under in Bethlehem after the Magi ask him where to find the newborn ‘King of the Jews,'” Fox News added. “The Holy Family escape the slaughter and are told by an angel to return to Israel once Herod is dead.”