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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to social media on Thursday during a tornado warning in Washington, D.C., and swiftly tried to connect it to climate change — prompting one meteorologist to call her out for not knowing “the difference between weather and climate.”

The freshman congresswoman began by sharing a video on Instagram briefly showing the conditions outside, as heavy rains drenched the region and prompted a brief, and rare, tornado warning inside the Beltway.

“There’s people stuck outside. We need to get them out,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is crazy.”

The Green New Deal advocate then shared a story published by PBS in March questioning if climate change makes tornadoes worse and put emphasis on a quote from the piece that read, “Rather than lie squarely in the Great Plains, America’s tornadoes appear to be sliding into the Midwest and Southeast.”

The tornado warning followed a devastating tornado in Missouri’s capital of Jefferson City the night before.

“Tornadoes are challenging to link to climate change links due to their nature (geographically, limited, acute patterns, how they form, etc.),” Ocasio-Cortez told her followers as she reviewed the article. “But we DO know that tornadoes HAVE been changing. They are no longer being limited to the Great Plains, and are shifting to other regions of the country.”

“The climate crisis is real y’all … guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country,” she later wrote on Instagram.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue, though, argued that she was confusing climate change with “weather” in the capital region.

“The Congresswoman @AOC does not know the difference between weather and climate,” wrote Maue, who also works with the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute. “Let’s try an easy analogy: Weather is what outfit you wear heading out the door. Climate is your closet wardrobe.”

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released another joint video Thursday in which they pressed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin over his role in Sears’ 2018 bankruptcy — implying that he made money off of American workers’ hardships.

Americans, Warren argued, deserved a “Treasury secretary who fights for them — not someone who spent a decade raking in cash for himself at the expense of hundreds of thousands of Sears employees.”

The video highlighted ties between Mnuchin and Eddie Lampert, Mnuchin’s old college roommate and the subject of a lawsuit claiming he improperly stripped Sears of its assets. Lampert, the former CEO and Chairman of Sears, appointed Mnuchin, also named in the lawsuit, to Sears’ board before driving “the company into the ground,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

“He is a walking example of what happens when rich and powerful people put other rich and powerful people into power,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Mnuchin.

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The progressive lawmakers implied that Lampert either intentionally or carelessly saddled the department store with debt, allowing him to make “billions” while millions of people lost their jobs.

“Instead of investing in the company, he sucked about $6 billion in value out of it,” Warren said of Lampert, “and then did stock buybacks which certainly made him a lot of money.”

In a letter sent on Thursday, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez gave Mnuchin until June 13 to provide answers to questions related to his work with Lampert. It also questioned whether, as a Treasury official, he engaged in any unethical behavior related to Sears.

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“We are deeply concerned by the financial engineering and potentially illegal activity that took place at Sears Holding Corporation while you served on the company’s board,” the letter read.

“In addition, we are concerned that, as Treasury Secretary, you are in position to take actions that benefit Sears’ shareholders and owners at the expense of workers and taxpayers.”

At the end of the video, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez portrayed themselves as fighters for the American people. “We think the American people deserve answers and we’re out there to fight for them,” Warren said, as Ocasio-Cortez nodded.

The Treasury Department did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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It’s unclear how Mnuchin will respond, although he’s already pushed back on another congressional demand relating to President Trump’s tax information. The lawmakers’ letter was the latest in a series of Democratic efforts to investigate the Trump administration as the 2020 election approaches.

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Warren, a 2020 hopeful, reportedly sought Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement and has tried to highlight their relationship in joint videos. The two adopted a lighter tone when they discussed the “Game of Thrones” finale during another video released on Tuesday.

During that video, they seemed to unify behind criticism that the show missed its shot at providing viewers with a feminist ending.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that the world will “end in 12 years” unless climate change is tackled was accepted as a fact by two-thirds of Democrats, even though she said herself that only those with the “social intelligence of a sea sponge” could actually believe it.

The New York Democrat drew mockery from Republicans after she made the doomsday warning in a bid to convince people that radical action against climate change is needed.

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“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” Ocasio-Cortez said. A few months later she repeated the claim again.

Earlier this month, however, Ocasio-Cortez backtracked on the gloomy forecast and instead blamed the Republican Party for taking her humor and sarcasm literally.

“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and ‘fact check’ it,” she wrote.

But it appears that more than two-thirds of surveyed Democrats took her literally.

A Rasmussen poll, conducted earlier this week, found 67 percent of Democrats believing that the U.S. has only 12 years to avert the “disastrous and irreparable damage to the country and the world” stemming from climate change. Out of all total likely voters, 48 percent of respondents believed the apocalyptic claim.

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Ocasio-Cortez has emerged as the key Democratic voice on how to tackle climate change, proposing the Green New Deal resolution that seeks to radically reorganize the economy to ensure climate change is tackled.

The proposal was endorsed by a number of 2020 presidential candidates even before the disastrous rollout of the proposal, which included the now-infamous FAQ document that suggested making air travel obsolete and supporting those “unwilling to work.”

Senate Democrats in March failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to begin debate on the Green New Deal proposal, with 42 Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voting “present.”

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The lawmakers said they didn’t vote for the proposal because it was brought to a vote by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for political purposes.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she checked to see if pigs could fly after she found a rare moment of common ground with House Republicans on Wednesday over the protection of Americans from surveillance.

During a House Oversight Committee hearing, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed the need for legislation to regulate the increasingly widespread use of facial recognition software to track members of the public.

“Check the sky for flying 🐽 bc Rep. Meadows, much of the Freedom Caucus & I are in agreement on preventing total surveillance of Americans without their knowledge,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter following the hearing. “Whether it’s Amazon or Gov, no one should be tracked w/o consent or a warrant,” she wrote.

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Both law enforcement agencies and private companies have been using the technology to identify people’s faces in public and private settings. Amazon’s “Rekognition” software has been aggressively marketed to law enforcement groups, including the FBI and the Orlando Police Department, BuzzFeed News reported.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, described facial recognition as a “sweet spot that brings progressives and conservatives together.”

“When you have a diverse group on this committee, as diverse as you might see on the polar ends, I’m here to tell you, we’re serious about this and let’s get together and work on legislation and it is the time is now, before it gets out of control,” Meadows said at the hearing.

“When you have a diverse group on this committee, as diverse as you might see on the polar ends, I’m here to tell you, we’re serious about this and let’s get together and work on legislation and it is the time is now, before it gets out of control.” 

— U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Lawmakers argued that Americans’ civil liberties are in jeopardy, as inaccuracies in the technology could misidentify suspects and disproportionally target minorities. Republicans and Democrats agreed that Congress must draft new legislation to increase oversight and further regulate organizations that utilize the new tech.

“When government surveillance attacks civil liberties, Congress must step in and defend Americans,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a co-founder of the Freedom Caucus, wrote on Twitter. He included a video of himself questioning Neema Singh Guliani, a senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, at the hearing.

“Our concerns about privacy rights aren’t theoretical. We’ve seen it happen!” he wrote.

All five of America’s top tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft — are developing their own facial recognition platforms, BuzzFeed News reported. Amazon’s board voted this week to block two proposals from shareholders who wanted to curb the sale of its facial recognition technology to law enforcement and conduct a study on how the tech might infringe on a person’s right to privacy, according to Reuters.

“We’ve never seen anything like this technology before,” Guliani said during her testimony on Wednesday. “The U.S. reportedly has over 50 million surveillance cameras. This, combined with face recognition threatens, to create a near-constant surveillance state.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this technology before. The U.S. reportedly has over 50 million surveillance cameras. This, combined with face recognition threatens, to create a near-constant surveillance state.”

— Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

“It’s urgent that Congress act now,” she said.

“I just got word that the shareholders did not end up passing a ban on the sale of Rekognition,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., said at the hearing. “That just means that it’s more important that Congress acts.”

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“We think it’s important for Congress to exercise oversight on this important issue and continue to support the creation of a national legislative framework covering facial recognition,” Amazon said, according to the Hill.

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity didn’t mince words Wednesday, calling out House Speaker Nancy’s Pelosi for her accusation that President Trump “engaged in a cover-up,” calling the speaker a figurehead who answers to radical elements in her party led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the “real speaker of the House.”

“Covering up exactly what, Speaker Pelosi? What is the president of the United States covering up? Investigations from the FBI, [Special Counsel] Bob Mueller, House Intel Committee, bipartisan Senate panel, on the same Russia collusion lie, all cleared the president,” Hannity said.

“Speaker Pelosi — by the way, she is only speaker in name only. She has to now capitulate to a radical base led by the real speaker of the House… Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her friends in the radical left.”

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Hannity added, “Pelosi, of course, now acting on the insane dictates, yes, given by freshman congresswomen. To bash our commander in chief, just minutes before what was supposed to be a bipartisan, important meeting on infrastructure.”

Moments before a scheduled meeting at the White House to discuss infrastructure with the president, Pelosi made her accusation.

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“We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States, and we believe the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up,” Pelosi told reporters.

Trump had cut short his meeting with Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

A source told Fox News that Trump walked into the Cabinet Room and immediately made his comments to the Democrats in the room. Then, as Pelosi began talking, Trump turned on his heel and walked back to the Oval Office.

“I walked into the room, and I told Senator Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I would be really good at that. That’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under the circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,” Trump told reporters Wednesday in the Rose Garden.

Hannity continued to lambaste Pelosi for her remarks, saying she has accomplished “nothing.”

“It is frankly pathetic, these phony investigations, six conspiracy theories, that is all this Democratic radical socialist party has. Pelosi, she has been speaker now for nearly six months. They’ve accomplished nothing,” Hannity said.

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The Fox News host said Pelosi knew she was making the wrong decision by hinting at impeachment but has been trying to keep her leadership position.

“She knows her impeachment fantasies is bad politics, it won’t work, and she is completely and utterly controlled by the radical socialist base and her party. As I said, Speaker Pelosi in name only. Pelosi doesn’t appease Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman [Ilhan] Omar, and others, she knows she is out of leadership,” Hannity said.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and John Roberts contributed to this report.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is a “thinly veiled” attempt to push policies that would create a socialist society, a resolution pushed by the Republican Study Committee said on Wednesday.

Decrying the millions of deaths under socialist regimes, the resolution stated that the plan, so strongly supported by Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., would violate basic American principles — rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — explode the country’s national debt, and put forth many proposals with “no connection at all to climate change.”

“When we began the 116th Congress, most Americans had no idea how far to the radical left the new Democrat majority would attempt to push the country,” Committee Chairman Mike Johnson, R-La., said in a press release on Wednesday.

“The ‘Green New Deal’ may be the most outrageous set of proposals ever presented in the U.S. Congress, and we have an obligation to expose this dangerous agenda for what it is and what it would mean for every American.”

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Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The resolution came after the freshman congresswoman criticized other Democratic proposals for lacking the ambition that hers had. During a rally for the program, she seemed to knock former Vice President Joe Biden for pushing a more moderate approach to grappling with climate change.

In a video from a possible future, Ocasio-Cortez described Green New Deal legislation as “the kind of swing-for-the-fence ambition we needed” amid impending climate catastrophe.

“Finally, we were entertaining solutions on the scale of the crises we faced without leaving anyone behind,” she said during the video.

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But according to Republicans, Ocasio-Cortez’s policy dream is a nightmare, one that’s at once unrealistic and too expensive. “The Green New Deal is a socialist’s wish list of absurd proposals rooted in fantasy and funded by raising your taxes. It deserves to be defeated,” Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., said.

The new resolution, with more than 50 original co-sponsors, points to an American Action Forum estimate putting the Green New Deal’s total cost at $93 trillion over 10 years. It also described Ocasio-Cortez’s clean energy goal — using renewable energy sources to meet 100 percent of the nation’s power demand — as “technologically impossible.”

In addition to renewable energy, the deal’s goals included a jobs guarantee, universal health care and free college tuition.

President Trump has dismissed the Green New Deal as a “hoax.”

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Ocasio-Cortez has pushed back against her critics, suggesting they were  overly pessimistic. She also criticized Trump after he likened her deal to a “high school term paper that got a low mark.”

“Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution,” she tweeted, referring to a report that Trump preferred not to read his daily intelligence briefing.

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But Ocasio-Cortez also appeared to face pushback from her own party as 42 Democrats, in March, voted present on a measure to bring her Green New Deal to the floor for debate.

During an interview aired in April, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was dismissive of Ocasio-Cortez’s influence and, like Republicans, rejected socialism as an economic system.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has thrown her support behind District Attorney candidate Tiffany Caban who, like her, was perceived as an insurgent progressive challenging establishment candidates.

Caban, a public defender, would represent Queens and, like Ocasio-Cortez, received the endorsement of the Democratic Socialists of America. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise victory opened the doors for a new, Democratic Socialist vision of electoral politics,” Shasha Weinstein, who belonged to the groups’s electoral organizing committee for Queens, told the New York Post.

“It shows people are no longer content with out-of-touch politicians that ignore the working class,” she said. Caban also endorsed several positions backed by the DSA, including ending cash bail and fighting mass incarceration.

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Ocasio-Cortez, on Wednesday, touted Caban’s record as a public defender. “Electing a public defender to a DA’s position with her platform could be transformative, & the organizers busting their butts on the ground have earned recognition,” she said.

Her endorsement seemed to reflect a pattern of more progressive candidates rising to challenge the Democratic establishment. Ocasio-Cortez, who was just elected in 2018, has already received a frenzy of media attention and reportedly had enough power to provoke major 2020 candidates to seek her endorsement.

The election could serve as an initial test of how much power she actually had and whether the immense amount of media attention she received was an accurate indicator of her importance in the party.

It could also gauge just how far the supposed “progressive wave” would last beyond the 2018 elections. That movement within the party caught particular attention when Netflix released a documentary in April that starred her and other progressive candidates.

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When her endorsement caught media attention, she pushed back on the idea that she was somehow testing her political influence by endorsing Caban.

“Perhaps an unpopular opinion: I don’t believe endorsements are a particular ‘test of influence,'” she tweeted. “I think it’s insulting to both the candidate and organizers working tirelessly to imply that.”

The freshman congresswoman, whose endorsement prominent 2020 candidates vied to obtain, added that “endorsements don’t determine campaigns – organizers do.”

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As proof, she cited her own campaign in which she beat the powerful incumbent and former Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. in 2018.

“When I ran last year, everyone and their cousin endorsed my opponent,” she said.

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She was responding to a tweet from J. David Goodman, who has written for the Times and tweeted out the publication’s article on her.

“After he lost, did people imply that the Gov’s endorsement wasn’t powerful anymore? That virtually every single union in NYC no longer had influence?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. “No! It was about the candidates and the race. It always is,” she added.

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The ending to the hit show “Game of Thrones” was sexist and dismissed women as overly-emotional, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., suggested on Tuesday.

“I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a video with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“And then the last two episodes, it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional,'” she said with Warren responding, “yeah, exactly.” “It’s like ugh, this was written by men!” Ocasio-Cortez added before asserting that HBO needed some “feminist analysis.”

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It comes after Warren praised character Daenerys Targaryen in an op-ed written in April, and contrasted her with Cersei Lannister, another character on the show.

Targaryen, Warren indicated, carried many of the same interests that she did as a presidential candidate.

“And as much as Dany wants to take on her family’s enemies and take back the Iron Throne, she knows that she must first fight the army of the dead that threatens all mankind. This is a revolutionary idea, in Westeros or anywhere else,” she wrote.

“A queen who declares that she doesn’t serve the interests of the rich and powerful? A ruler who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known? It’s no wonder that the people she meets in Westeros are skeptical.”

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The video came as both Sens. Warren and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reportedly vied for the freshman New Yorker’s endorsement.

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, hoped that HBO would unveil a “badass” ending that included a transition to Democracy. “Could you imagine if no one ends up on the throne and they transition to democracy?” she previously asked.

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The ending to the hit show “Game of Thrones” was sexist and dismissed women as overly-emotional, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., suggested on Tuesday.

“I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a video with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“And then the last two episodes, it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional,'” she said with Warren responding, “yeah, exactly.” “It’s like ugh, this was written by men!” Ocasio-Cortez added before asserting that HBO needed some “feminist analysis.”

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It comes after Warren praised character Daenerys Targaryen in an op-ed written in April, and contrasted her with Cersei Lannister, another character on the show.

Targaryen, Warren indicated, carried many of the same interests that she did as a presidential candidate.

“And as much as Dany wants to take on her family’s enemies and take back the Iron Throne, she knows that she must first fight the army of the dead that threatens all mankind. This is a revolutionary idea, in Westeros or anywhere else,” she wrote.

“A queen who declares that she doesn’t serve the interests of the rich and powerful? A ruler who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known? It’s no wonder that the people she meets in Westeros are skeptical.”

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The video came as both Sens. Warren and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reportedly vied for the freshman New Yorker’s endorsement.

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, hoped that HBO would unveil a “badass” ending that included a transition to Democracy. “Could you imagine if no one ends up on the throne and they transition to democracy?” she previously asked.

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The ending to the hit show “Game of Thrones” was sexist and dismissed women as overly-emotional, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., suggested on Tuesday.

“I feel like we were getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a video with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

“And then the last two episodes, it’s like, ‘Oh, they’re too emotional,'” she said with Warren responding, “yeah, exactly.” “It’s like ugh, this was written by men!” Ocasio-Cortez added before asserting that HBO needed some “feminist analysis.”

‘GAME OF THRONES’ SERIES FINALE: WHO SITS ON THE IRON THRONE?

It comes after Warren praised character Daenerys Targaryen in an op-ed written in April, and contrasted her with Cersei Lannister, another character on the show.

Targaryen, Warren indicated, carried many of the same interests that she did as a presidential candidate.

“And as much as Dany wants to take on her family’s enemies and take back the Iron Throne, she knows that she must first fight the army of the dead that threatens all mankind. This is a revolutionary idea, in Westeros or anywhere else,” she wrote.

“A queen who declares that she doesn’t serve the interests of the rich and powerful? A ruler who doesn’t want to control the political system but to break the system as it is known? It’s no wonder that the people she meets in Westeros are skeptical.”

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The video came as both Sens. Warren and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reportedly vied for the freshman New Yorker’s endorsement.

Ocasio-Cortez, for her part, hoped that HBO would unveil a “badass” ending that included a transition to Democracy. “Could you imagine if no one ends up on the throne and they transition to democracy?” she previously asked.

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