During Tuesday’s edition of his syndicated radio show, MSNBC contributor (and former host) Hugh Hewitt used some alarming language to argue that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is the new Joe Biden.
After calling the 29-year-old congresswoman a “wonderful person” who is “sparkling with youthful energy, unmoved by her inexperience, confident in her lack of knowledge, and completely charismatic,” Hewitt played a clip of Ocasio-Cortez calling climate change “our World War II.” Characterizing her comments as a gaffe, Hewitt declared, “Joe Biden has actually gone through the time machine and transgendered into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This was Joe Biden—she is going to fill the Biden gap. The Biden gap concerned me. Some day Joe will leave the public stage and we will not have people who will say outlandish things. But now the Biden gap is filled.”
In response to the backlash to her comments, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Tuesday: “For some reason GOP seems to think this is a gaffe, but it’s actually a generational difference. Young people understand that climate change is an existential threat.”
Hours later, Hewitt tweeted, “Apologies. Bad word choice on a sensitive subject.”