Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is 'full-bore socialism'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBullock: I would not have endorsed health care for undocumented immigrants on debate stage Harris faces pressure to define policy proposals Biden campaign rips 'Medicare for All,' calls on Dems to protect Affordable Care Act MORE (I-Vt.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell challenger faces tougher path after rocky launch Funding a strong defense of our nation's democratic process can't wait The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants 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 IngrahamConservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour Laura Ingraham, Joaquin Castro feud on Twitter over migrant detainment facilities 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 GarlandDem senators demand GOP judicial group discloses donors John Legend: Republicans play to win, Biden plays to impress the media Biden says he opposes expanding the Supreme Court MORE, President Obama’s last appointment to the court.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' 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 ConwayFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments Kellyanne Conway: 'I totally disagree' with husband's op-ed calling Trump racist George Conway calls Trump a 'racist president' in new op-ed MORE, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments Kellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers MORE and vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller 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.