McConnell Claims AOC’s ‘Squad’ Is More Than 4 People: ‘This Has Become Mainstream Democratic Policy’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s (D-N.Y.) so-called squad has become the “mainstream” of the Democratic Party.

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.

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General Confusion
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“He claimed their policies are “mainstream” within the Democratic Party.” Mitch McConnell

McConnell is confused.

Their policies are mainstream within the entire electorate, but they are definitely not mainstream within tbe party and that’s a serious problem.

General Confusion
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Oh? Say it ain’t so, Mitch!

McConnell is confused by bottom-up support for ideas verses his top-down diktats.

Phyllis Softa
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If one watches FOX, one would believe Bernie and AOC + 3 are the only D’s in Congress. In fairness, they also present Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan as representative of the ENTIRE Republican Party.

Phyllis Softa
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This is indicative of Republican logic. How does he explain Biden being in first place in Democrat primary polling in all the early states? How does he explain not putting the House bill for election security on the floor for debate or vote? Election security is “socialism”? The House passed Violence Against Women bill is socialism? Gun violence bill is socialism? The House’s bill to reduce healthcare and pharmaceutical costs is socialism?? McConnell is responsible in large part for the Congressional approval rating of 20% approval 75% disapproval.

Phoenix
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He’s not wrong. While there are moderates in the Democrat primary race, they don’t seem to be getting near as much attention as some of the others.

We will see who comes out on top i guess – then it will be clear how far the party as a whole has sunk into the weeds.

I do want to again note – some social programs doesn’t make you a fully socialist country. Plenty of countries allow universal healthcare (or other such programs) and they are still a mixed economy with plenty of capitalism.

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