The 29-year-old is energizing Democrats with her fierce opposition to Republicans, her stubborn reaction to critics and her accessible, media-savvy outreach.
Ocasio-Cortez in a December 2 tweet claimed a $21 trillion mistake could have paid for about 66 percent of the cost of a Medicare-for-all bill.
But even more importantly, Ocasio-Cortez ignored that the accounting errors were a sum of both assets and liabilities, and not simply an amount that would be saved and could be applied to another program. "Medicare for All costs ~$32T", she tweeted.
The Washington Post took issue with the estimate. The transactions date from 1998 to 2015 and are described by the department's comptroller as lacking "supporting documentation.or are not tied to specific accounting transactions".
"The $21 trillion is not one big pot of dormant money collecting dust somewhere".
On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman elected to Congress in last month's midterms, tweeted about her experience of meeting service staff in a D.C. restaurant who were simultaneously working in government.
Late on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez pledged on Twitter that she would be paying her own interns.
It is not the first time that Ocasio-Cortez has drawn attention to the high cost of living and inequality in the USA capital. "But it's unconvincing to try to pass this off as a rhetorical point being misread". "She cited the $21 trillion figure and said '66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon, '" Rizzo explained.
They noted that the $21 trillion of Pentagon accounting errors were over 17 years, while her estimate of spending for the healthcare program was over 10 years - a mistake of simple math.
"That's a direct comparison", they continued.
"The point, I think, was more about how we care so little about the "how do you pay for it" when we are talking about war and military spending", her spokesman wrote in an email. "It's badly flawed. The same article she referenced on Twitter would have set her straight".