Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left MORE (I-Vt.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project MORE (R-Ky.) on Twitter Monday over his recent comments that statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico is equivalent to “full-bore socialism.”

Sanders tweeted Monday that McConnell's comments make him "proud" to identify as a Democratic Socialist.

In a Thursday appearance on Fox News’s "The Ingraham Angle," McConnell told host Laura IngrahamLaura Anne IngrahamTrump's July 4 weekend comes with COVID-19 backdrop Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record South Dakota governor: Masks are optional at Mount Rushmore event Trump's attending MORE that the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and other policy priorities for House Democrats were all part of a “socialist agenda.”


“They have planned to make the District of Columbia a state that would give them two new Democratic senators, Puerto Rico a state, that would give them two more new Democratic senators.” McConnell said.

“You’ve surely noticed that they plan to expand the Supreme Court. This is full-bore socialism on the march in the House,” McConnell continued.

The Senate leader has vowed to be a "Grim Reaper" for progressive policies if Republicans hold onto the Senate in 2020.

Multiple 2020 Democrats have said they are willing to consider adding justices to the Supreme Court in response to the Senate’s refusal to consider Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandMcConnell easily wins Kentucky Senate primary Don't mess with the Supreme Court Graham on potential Supreme Court vacancy: 'This would be a different circumstance' than Merrick Garland MORE, President Obama’s last appointment to the court.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary MORE (D-N.Y.), a Democratic socialist, also called out the Senate leader, tweeting: “Right, bc sucking Puerto Ricans - full US citizens - dry while closing public schools, building fossil fuel pipelines against their will, & not allowing them to vote so Vulture Funds can levg the island’s illegal debt for Wall St profit is... old fashioned American capitalism?”

And George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayTrump tweets 'we all miss' Ailes after swiping at Fox Lincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties Obama said Trump's use of term 'kung flu' 'shocks and pisses me off': report New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE and vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE, mocked McConnell for equating all policies Republicans oppose with socialism.

“Socialism is bad… DC statehood is bad…Therefore, DC statehood is socialism,” Conway shared.