Gorka: Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is socialism ‘Stalin dreamt about'

Gorka: Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is socialism ‘Stalin dreamt about'

Former White House adviser Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaNikki Haley responds to Gorka: 'I did' tell Trump of concerns about Kelly and Tillerson Jeff Sessions calling Alabama lawmakers about 2020 Senate bid Trump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' MORE said Thursday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials MORE's (D-N.Y.) Green New Deal is the type of "socialism" Joseph Stalin once "dreamt about."

"You know what the biggest threat to America is? Not socialism in Moscow, socialism here in America," Gorka said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., according to video from Media Matters for America

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He later claimed that American millennials' desire for socialism was one of the reasons why Ocasio-Cortez introduced far-reaching legislation intended to combat climate change. 

"That is why Ocasio-Cortez has introduced the Green New Deal, which is, which is — remember this one, use it — it's a watermelon," Gorka said. "Green on the outside, deep, deep red communist on the inside."

"They want to take your pickup truck, they want to rebuild your home, they want to take away your hamburgers. This is what Stalin dreamt about but never achieved," he continued, referring to the Russian who led the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952. 

Gorka went on to tell conference attendees that they are "on the front lines of the war against communism coming back to America under the guise of democratic socialism." 

Ocasio-Cortez identifies herself as a democratic socialist.

The Green New Deal, a resolution introduced by Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeySenators grill safety regulator over self-driving cars Hillicon Valley: Twitter shares more details on political ad rules | Supreme Court takes up Google-Oracle fight | Pentagon chief defends Microsoft cloud contract House, Senate announce agreement on anti-robocall bill MORE (D-Mass.), calls for the federal government to make sweeping reforms in order to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and create "good, high-wage jobs."

Progressives have praised the legislation as a bold initiative to combat the consequences of climate change. But many Republicans as well as many moderates have criticized the bill, pointing to its high costs. 

Gorka, who left the White House in August 2017, has taken aim at Ocasio-Cortez before. In November, he tweeted that the soon-to-be congresswoman was “an insult to intelligent and empathetic humans everywhere."

Ocasio-Cortez shot back that she was "pretty sure we’re on the right side of history if you’re my opposition."