Super PAC head spars with CNN's Cuomo over Ocasio-Cortez ad

CNN's Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoTrump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record CNN's Chris Cuomo lauds brother in panned interview: 'You're both awful' Ken Burns: 'Confederate monuments have to go' MORE on Friday sparred with the head of a super PAC that ran an ad this week targeting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.), sparking backlash online.

The ad from the group New Faces GOP showed Ocasio-Cortez's face burning and compared her support for democratic socialism to the communist regime that carried out the Cambodian genocide.

Ocasio-Cortez has since blasted the ad, which ran on certain stations during Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate on ABC. The ad sparked outrage online, with critics on Twitter calling for a boycott of ABC.

Elizabeth Heng, the head of the super PAC who was featured in the ad, appeared on Cuomo's show Friday night, where she slammed Ocasio-Cortez's support for progressive policies such as the Green New Deal.


"But it's not going to wind up in genocide," Cuomo said.

"I get that you want to make political points with this, but you know people like your family and what you represent ... your fight is with the president that you support," he added, referring to Heng's Cambodian heritage.

"He's the one who talks about people like your parents like they're some other. ... AOC isn't your enemy. ... He's the one who's going after people like your family," he added, referring to Ocasio-Cortez by her initials.

"He fights against socialism in every turn that he can," Heng replied. 

"But he embraces dictators everywhere he finds them," Cuomo interjected. 

"But the idea of saying if you want a Green New Deal, if you want single-payer health care, you’re going to wind up killing people in the streets like what happened with my family and people they knew in Cambodia — that is toxic politics. You must know that," he said later. 

Heng replied that socialism "incites violence," to which Cuomo responded that "ads like that incite violence."

In the ad, a picture of Ocasio-Cortez is shown before it bursts into flames to reveal images of skulls and bones.

“This is the face of socialism and ignorance. Does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know the horror of socialism?” Heng said in the video.

“My father was minutes from death in Cambodia before a forced marriage saved his life. That’s socialism. Forced obedience. Starvation,” she added. “Mine is a face of freedom. My skin is not white. I’m not outrageous, racist or socialist. I’m a Republican.”