Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried to brush off Ocasio-Cortez’s group of liberal, freshman congresswomen, including Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). The speaker claimed, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
McConnell claimed that it’s not just four votes backing policies supported by the “squad.” He claimed their policies are “mainstream” within the Democratic Party.
During an interview with Fox News, McConnell spoke to the socialist policies touted by some Democrats, noting that their policies could have catastrophic results for the U.S. economy.
Watch McConnell’s comments:
“Margaret Thatcher said ‘the problem with socialism, is pretty soon you run out of other people’s money.’ So they’re talking about, you know, free health care, paying free college tuition. Look, the Green New Deal would take away your job. Medicare for All would take away 180 million Americans’ private health insurance. And if they made any effort to pay for it, they’d have to have such a massive tax increase it would slow the economy further. That’s what they have in mind.”
McConnell pushed back on Pelosi’s claim that only the four-woman squad is pushing for a more liberal Democratic Party. He bragged that he will continue to be the “grim reaper” of socialist policies.
“It’s a lot bigger than the squad. That’s just four people. It’s become mainstream Democratic policy. If they get the entire government, that’s what we’re going to get,” said McConnell. “I’ve said as long as I’m the majority leader in the Senate, I smilingly said, I’m going to be the grim reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass the Senate.”
McConnell noted that he’s excited for 2020 Republicans to make the case against socialism on the campaign trail.