Bernie Sanders hits McConnell for saying DC, Puerto Rico statehood is ‘full-bore socialism’

Greg Nash

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (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 Ingraham 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 Garland, President Obama’s last appointment to the court.

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (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 Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and vocal critic of President Trump, mocked McConnell for equating all policies Republicans oppose with socialism.

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

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Bernie Sanders Donald Trump George Conway Kellyanne Conway Laura Ingraham Merrick Garland Mitch McConnell Nancy Pelosi
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