Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' 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: 'Top shows' on Fox News, cable are 'Fair (or great)' to me Trump criticizes Fox, which 'isn't working for us anymore' NYT's Stephens roasted for response to bedbug crack: 'Dish it out but can't take it' 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 GarlandSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Gorsuch: Those who don't have 'great confidence in America' should 'look elsewhere' Trump stacking lower courts MORE, President Obama’s last appointment to the court.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan 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 ConwayClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' Joe Walsh 'honored' to have George Conway as informal adviser in challenge to Trump MORE, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayClarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump George Conway: If Trump pushed Ukraine to investigate Biden, he 'should be impeached and removed from office' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE and vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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.