Hannity decries Green New Deal as 'economically guaranteed-to-be-devastating'

Fox News host Sean Hannity offered a scathing review of the proposed Green New Deal backed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump says he will designate antifa a terrorist organization Ocasio-Cortez rips de Blasio after police cruiser drives into crowd of protesters NYPD police cruisers lurch through group of demonstrators protesting Floyd's death MORE (D), calling it a “horrific — frightening, frankly — piece of legislation.” 

“She’s calling it the Green New Deal. Now, everything we have been saying about the new radical extreme Democratic Party — what they were hiding in 2018 — now it’s all in writing and it might be even worse than we thought,” Hannity began during a Thursday segment on his show.

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“Just hours ago, Ocasio-Cortez put together one of the most dangerous, impractically misguided, economically guaranteed-to-be-devastating plans ever championed by any American politician,” Hannity continued, further saying that the plan, if ever passed, would be “guaranteed to fail and the results will be disastrous for the American people.”

“I promise you [that] you might be thinking this is fake news — it is not. This is a real proposal, real ideas from real lawmakers in the new radical extreme democratic socialist party of America, beyond dangerous, beyond scary,” Hannity said.

Ocasio-Cortez introduced her proposal on Thursday. The measure aims to create millions of “good, high-wage jobs” by striving for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

While the measure has met opposition from many Republicans, a number of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls and potential candidates — including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate Dems press DOJ over coronavirus safety precautions in juvenile detention centers Senate Democrat introduces bill to protect food supply It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US Sunday shows - George Floyd's death, protests bump COVID-19 from headlines MORE (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — have already said they will sponsor the plan.

Co-sponsors of the bill in the House also include Reps. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Joseph Neguse (D-Colo.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.).

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced the companion bill in the Senate.