"I guess they used that argument until the end, and so they have to find somebody again," Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said in a brief interview. "And who else to use except people like me and other freshmen of Congress? We love them less in every way possible, so I think it's a powerful symbol. "
But Republicans like Mr. Emmer say they are just repeating the democrats' own words, and that they have been helped by the difficulties of democracy. Ocasio-Cortez's team released a first version of the Green New Deal – backed by several leading Democratic presidential candidates – that contained phrases they did not approve, including a call for economic security for or not willing to work. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez removed the project from her website, but the Republicans took it and ran away.
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, chair of the House Republican Conference, called the plan – approved by 70 Democrats in the House and about a dozen in the Senate – "a fantasy" and insisted that the wrong draft be placed in the House. Congress report. Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator, described it as "a form of madness". The Republican National Committee has published an information document entitled "The Emerging Romantic Affair of Democrats with Socialism".
In the Senate, where five Democrats are already running for the presidency, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced that he will impose a vote on the measure, causing screams from Democratic leader Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. "Cynical Coup" intended only to put the Democrats on the hot seat, including the presidential candidates. A vote in favor of the Green New Deal could help them woo progressives in the main vote, but would be detrimental to general elections.
"Democrats have conveyed this message to Republicans on a silver platter," said Andy Surabian, Republican strategist and former head of Trump White House, adding that he felt the position of socialism and Democrats on Abortion was more powerful than anti-Semitism. "All these controversies are in perfect harmony with the President's messages to the State of the Union".
The Democrats rejected the message as a peer for the course.
"We will not abandon socialist policies such as social security – or is it" socialist security ", is that what they call it? says ironic Senator Richard J. Durbin, of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate. "In the end, the president is in campaign mode – maybe he's still in campaign mode – and I'm expecting it to be on the board."
Democrats say they intend to counter the offensive by mentioning the problems they have overcome: reducing health care costs and drug prices, adopting a package of measures for infrastructure and eliminating corruption in Washington.