Since she first won her primary against 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley, New York Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has became a favored target of the right-wing. In their latest attempt to discredit her, Fox Business guest Ben Stein compared Representative Ocasio-Cortez to several genocidal dictators.
For those who only know Stein as a game show host or actor, he was also President Richard Nixon's speech writer.
In his remarks to Fox News, Stein said:
"We have a society in which there are an awful lot of people who have no idea that Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung (Mao Zedong) all came to power promising the same kinds of things that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is promising. And it led to mass murder, it led to dictatorship, it led to genocide."
"These promises are old promises and they invariably lead to bad things. The promise of just saying to the people do what you can within the law to make your life better and your family's life better — that system works extremely well."
"Capitalism is a system that allows people to make something of themselves instead of oppressing other people. It's an incredibly good system."
"Making money is one of the most of harmless things there is to do in the whole world. And that's what our society is about."
"It's not about ordering people around, putting them concentration camps. What do you do if there is a richer or poorer person?"
"What do you do? Do you take him away? Do you shoot him?"
"Well that's what the Communists tried, it didn't work out very well for them. And at the end of the day we ended up with Russia with one of the most of unequal societies there's ever been in the world."
"In Vietnam, which promised all these things, and we wind up with one of the most of corrupt countries in the world. In Venezuela, I don't know how corrupt it is but people say it's one of the most corrupt countries in the world."
"We don't wind up with the promises people made."
Media Matters For America (MMFA) shared Stein's remarks on social media. Watch it here.
On Fox Business, Ben Stein compares Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's rhetoric to Hitler, warns about mass murder and geno… https://t.co/Dpg6XJO2wl— Media Matters (@Media Matters) 1548209399.0
MMFA monitors print and online media and at least 150 hours of television and radio each week, providing fact checking as well as the lowlights and highlights. Comparing the New York Representative to genocidal dictators because of her conservative tax proposal—which would have far less impact than the tax brackets of the 1950s-1980s—was a lowlight.
People thought perhaps an adviser to President Nixon was not the best person to preach morality in the first place.
Ben Stein's own past featured in many of the reactions to his comments.
@mmfa This is the same guy who cries when remembering Nixon.— THE T (@THE T) 1548209668.0
People also shared the tax rates of different Presidents, including Stein's boss. Did he also tell Nixon, he was just like Hitler, Stalin and Mao?
@mmfa That lying fvckface worked for Nixon. NIXON HAD A 70% TAX RATE. https://t.co/v3hfCEX48t— Speculawyer 🇳🇴-American (@Speculawyer 🇳🇴-American) 1548209963.0
Many questioned Stein's knowledge of history.
@MollyJongFast Ben Stein says this is Hitler promising healthcare for all. https://t.co/w4ZJnPd3RA— Jacked Kerouack (@Jacked Kerouack) 1548218282.0
While some merely questioned Stein's relevance now that he traded in spokesman for a president who resigned in disgrace for game show host of Win Ben Stein's Money.
I thought Ben Stein was dead. 🤷♀️ https://t.co/VxRA90NgFj— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1548213285.0
@owillis New game show: "Tax Ben Stein's Money!"— Stefan Scary Czech (@Stefan Scary Czech) 1548218358.0
We failed to take away Ben Stein’s money when we had the chance.— Annika Barranti Klein (@Annika Barranti Klein) 1548221028.0
Others refuted Stein's words.
@mmfa Ben Stein drinking the Crazy Juice too.— Diamond Jackson (@Diamond Jackson) 1548209907.0
@eatadog @mmfa Ben Stein has been drinking the Kool- aid. https://t.co/CjiLdMGOoH— acowan (@acowan) 1548215355.0
@mmfa Remember when Stein was supposed to be an intellectual and Comedy Central tried to normalize him with a game… https://t.co/xzg2JTE55p— Heath Harrison (@Heath Harrison) 1548210506.0
@mmfa Oh, God. Dude, I'm deleting my copy of Ferris Bueller .— Jeff Pulice (@Jeff Pulice) 1548209562.0
While many noted how scared conservatives appear to be of Ocasio-Cortez.
@mmfa Boy does she have them rattled.— William Cain (@William Cain) 1548212289.0
@mmfa I'm laughing so hard at how not scared he is of AOC when he describes her in those terms. Insane, stoned, or both?— Stuart Brown (@Stuart Brown) 1548239784.0
Ocasio-Cortez suggested a higher tax rate, a throwback to the tax rates President Ronald Reagan eliminated in the 1980s, but only for those earning over $10 million.