GOP senator introduces resolution to formally condemn socialism

GOP senator introduces resolution to formally condemn socialism
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Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSchiff sparks blowback with head on a 'pike' line Lawmakers introduce bill to reform controversial surveillance authorities Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says MORE (R-Mont.) on Monday introduced a resolution condemning socialism, taking to the Senate floor to blast Democratic policies he said would lead to “complete government control."

“A radical, socialist, far-left movement is growing across this country. And it has taken root as the new voice of the Democratic Party ... Today we make a choice. Freedom or Socialism. I choose freedom,” Daines said Monday.

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In prepared remarks, the Montana senator condemned policies supported by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. The resolution claims without evidence that the proposals would “eliminate the private property rights of all people of the United States.”

The resolution further calls capitalism “the greatest engine for human advancement in the history of the world, bringing more people out of poverty and into prosperity than any economic model in the history of mankind.”

Daines, who is up for re-election in 2020, had earlier offered one of the most wholehearted Republican defenses of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE’s recent tweets telling four progressive minority congresswomen to “go back” to other countries despite all being U.S. citizens.

“Montanans are sick and tired of listening to anti-American, anti-Semite, radical Democrats trash our country and our ideals. This is America. We’re the greatest country in the world,” Daines tweeted earlier in July.