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 GorkaCORRECTED: Cruz scolds reporter who brought up his daughters Trump wants To 'deescalate,' but will his supporters let him? Conservative radio show canceled after host wishes for 'nice school shooting' as impeachment distraction MORE said Thursday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response 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 MarkeyOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Overnight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal 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."