Republicans are failing in their attempt to use accusations of socialism to keep voters away from the Democratic Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. said Thursday.
"Breaking fear around socialism is the big game of the GOP, and it fails, capitalism bc = GoFundMe as our national health system," she tweeted.
Ocasio-Cortez, who became the proverbial face of conservative warnings on socialism, also tweeted an article celebrating the fact that the economic system was losing its ability to inspire fear.
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She cited a line that Republicans were engaged in inefficient tactics used during the Cold War. "The old, old-fashioned approach of red nonsense, familiar to those of us who have gone through the cold war, does not seem to work," she tweeted.
The article also liberally quoted Bhaskar Sunkara, who headed the Socialist Democratic magazine Jacobin and wrote "The Socialist Manifesto". Sunkara had previously claimed that Democrats should try to take former Vice President Joe Biden among the 2020 favorites, because he's not considered sufficiently progressive.
The New York MP's tweet appeared as influential Republicans claimed that Ocasio-Cortez and the main presidential candidates had been promoted as socialist politicians.
"We see them as a homogenous group of socialists," Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, told Fox News earlier in a discussion of the 2020 primary field. Tim Murtaugh said the field of democracy was "a big, 22-headed socialist organization."
Many 2020 candidates subscribed to Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" and expressed their support for "Medicare for All", two policies that would involve massive government intervention of the type of those that Republicans call "socialists".
Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Who would have sought the endorsement of Ocasio-Cortez, may have become the biggest evidence in the GOP's record that Democrats were moving too far to the left. .
He has repeatedly expressed his support for socialist movements and countries and advocated policies that would radically change the role of government in large sectors of the economy. He also delivered a speech exposing his vision of "democratic socialism" and ridiculed the criticism as unrealistic.
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The problem seemed to be resurfacing when Sanders praised the Chinese government's efforts to fight "extreme poverty."
"What we have to say about China's fairness vis-à-vis China and its leaders, is – if I'm not mistaken – they have made more progress in the Fight extreme poverty as any other country in the history of civilization, "Sanders told The Hill on Tuesday. "So they did a lot for their people."
Alex Pappas of Fox News contributed to this report.